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CAR COLLECTOR Volume 2 • Issue 12 • November-December 2013 The Scoop: Profiles CORVETTE 1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE L88 $856k / Mecum Prices move up on Corvette’s top-dog option — Michael Pierce Page 42 GM 1969 CHEVY CAMARO SS L89 and RS/SS L89 $110k / Barrett-Jackson andGooding Which was the best buy? — Dale Novak Page 44 FoMoCo 1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD E-CODE $74k / RM Bargain price for a dualquad performance T-bird — Patrick Smith Page 48 MOPAR 1969DODGE SUPER BEE $22k / AuctionsAmerica A whole lot of fun for not a lot of money — Tom Glatch Page 50 AMERICAN ™ 8 AmericanCarCollector.com Keith Martin's


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HOT ROD 1936 FORD MODEL 48 ROADSTER $68k / Bonhams What’s history worth in a period-style hot rod? — Ken Gross Page 52 CLASSIC 1932 CHRYSLER CH IMPERIAL CABRIOLET $660k / RM Good looks and good history bring a solid price — Carl Bomstead Page 54 RACE 1946DREYER MIDGET $10k / Bonhams Cheap, fun and historic — what’s not to like? — Tom Glatch Page 56 TRUCK 2000 HUMMER H1 $61k / Russo and Steele A best buy in capability. But do you need it? — Jay Harden Page 58 Cover photo: 1969 Dodge Super Bee Courtesy of Auctions America 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS L89; profile, p. 44 Mike Maez, courtesy of Gooding & Company November-December 2013 9


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The Rundown EXPERTS’ COLUMNS 12 Torque What signals emerge from Monterey and Reno? — Jim Pickering 36 Cheap Thrills Five budget buys from Monterey — B. Mitchell Carlson 38 Horsepower Is it irresponsible to race collector cars? — Colin Comer 40 CorvetteMarket Best Corvette accessories — John L. Stein 114 SurfingAround Must-have automobilia — Carl Bomstead AUCTIONS 66 Auctions America —California 2013 AA hits a home run at this inaugural sale, selling 326 out of 403 vehicles for a $17m total — Michael Leven 76 Barrett-Jackson —Reno 2013 343 out of 345 cars cruise to a $14.2m total in Reno — Travis Shetler 84 Mecum Auctions —The DaytimeAuction The peninsula’s volume leader sells 371 cars out of 677 for $31.4m, led by a 1961 Chevrolet Corvette Gulf racer at $1.5m — B. Mitchell Carlson 92 Russo and Steele —Monterey 2013 At Fisherman’s Wharf in downtown Monterey, sales total $7.1m as 89 out of 215 cars sell — John Baeke 100 Roundup Classics to customs from coast to coast — Jack Tockston, Pat Campion, B. Mitchell Carlson, Kevin Coakley, Jim Pickering, Chad Tyson, Michael Leven, Donald Osborne, Carl Bomstead Check out the wild rides at this year’s Hot August Nights, p. 32 10AmericanCarCollector.com FUN RIDES 24 Good Reads The Art of the Muscle Car: Collector’s Edition — Mark Wigginton 26 Desktop Classics 1965 Ford Mustang GT fastback — Marshall Buck 72 Our Cars ACC staffers’ vehicles 74 Your Cars ACC readers’ vehicles 90 Quick Take 1964 Ford Falcon hard top — Dale Novak 91 1978 Lincoln Continental Mark V chell Carlson SERV DEPA 14 What’s Collector events of note 16 Crossing the Block Upcoming auctions 24 Parts Time Pulley systems and performance coolant 26 Cool Stuff Cool carriers for your tools 28 Your Turn ZR-1 details and Dodge Demon questions 30 Insider’s View Patina: A passing fad? 32 Feature A week at Hot August Nights 34 GloveboxNotes 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee 82 2014 Dodge Charger SXT Summit 4x4 SUV 108 The Parts Hunter Rare pieces for your classic 110 Showcase Gallery Sell your car in ACC’s classifieds section 110 Advertiser Index 112 Resource Directory Get to know our advertisers


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Torque Jim Pickering leaders in terms of gross sales and dollar totals. This year’s results set a new sales record — $308m for 760 cars sold out of 1,229 offered at Bonhams, RM Auctions, Gooding & Company, Russo and Steele, and Mecum Auctions. The biggest news of the week was the Steady as she goes T he results from this year’s August auctions are in the books. And the numbers are big. Really big. The annual Monterey auctions continue to be the summer market $27.5m sale of a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4S NART Spyder at RM in downtown Monterey. While not an American car, it was one of 10 built and was offered by the family of the original owner, with all the proceeds going to charity. Seventy-one cars sold in the milliondollar range. Average prices were up, too, from $338k last year to $405k this year. And that’s not all. Other headlining auc- tions in August included Auctions America’s Burbank sale, which totaled $17.3m for 326 of 403 cars (see our report on this sale on p. 66). And then there’s Barrett-Jackson’s Hot August Nights auction, which breezed to $14.2m for 343 cars sold — a solid result for an all-new event (covered on p. 76). B&T’s Reno sale made $427k for 129 cars that same week (select cars appear starting on p. 100). Wrapping things up were Auctions America’s $5.6m Auburn sale and Worldwide Auctioneers’ $544k Auburn sale, which sold 544 cars and 67 cars, respectively (both of these auctions will appear in the next ACC). All these sales together totaled over $346m for 2,169 cars. For a little perspective, that averages out to $7,750 a minute, 24 hours a day, for all 31 days in August. Staying grounded Last year, hot on the heels of 2012’s record-breaking $258m Monterey results, I wrote a column all about what big sales numbers — such as an $11m Mercedes-Benz or $9m Ferrari — mean to the world of $20k Chevelles, Mustangs, and vintage trucks. Fundamentally, I don’t think much has changed over the past 12 months. The hope of big sale prices is still bringing ultra- 12 AmericanCarCollector.com 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 at RM Monterey expensive cars to market. The presence of those cars at auction turns heads and ramps up market confidence, and that can bump up the bottom line across the board — even on something like a $15k Nova. But the big sellers, such as that $27.5m Ferrari, are getting all the news, and it seems like more and more people are wondering whether this continued growth is a sustainable trend. It’s something I heard quite a few people talk about in Monterey and also in Reno during Hot August Nights. The high end of the market seems to be setting new records every year. That, combined with memories of the boom times that led to the crash of ’08, has a lot of car people scratching their heads. Should they buy a ’Cuda? Sell their Mustang? What’s going to happen in six months? What about next year? I can’t tell you how long the top of the market will continue to grow. But here’s an important note: While Monterey numbers were up $50m from last year’s $258m, if you remove all the individual million-dollar cars from this year’s results and last year’s results, you get a different picture. The totals this year were only up $3.4m over last year — $94.9m in 2013 vs. $91.5m in 2012. The average price for these cars was up about $10k over last year. Although that’s not the crazy increase some might have hoped for, it’s actually a pretty good thing. Away from the glitz and glamour of six-figure newsmakers, at the lower levels of the atmosphere where the majority of American-car buyers live, things are growing at a moderate pace. Cars valued from $20k to $200k are seeing the benefit of a healthy market while not being subjected to growth trends that don’t always make a whole lot of sense. In general, what I see here is stability, and that’s a good place to be regardless of which side of the car deal you’re on. Time to buy — and sell In response to this growth, more auctions are popping up across the country. And these venues are bringing in good cars, too. If you’ve got money to spend, the cars are there. If you’ve got cars to move, the buyers are interested. I don’t think we’re in for any imminent market crash. In fact, I think we’ll see continued average growth at a fairly solid rate. But if you’re still worried about it, here’s a piece of advice you should always follow: Only buy cars that you’re really interested in owning. Take your time and be sure to look them over prior to bidding, and decide on your top price before you even think about raising your hand at auction. The market is a pretty fluid and unpre- dictable place. But if you’ve bought a good car you really love having in your garage for a price you can afford, you’ve invested in your own happiness. It’s pretty hard to call that bad value for money. A AUGUST’S SALES SET NEW ALL-TIME-HIGH SALE RECORDS. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR THE REST OF US? Dave Tomaro


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WHAT’SHAPPENING Al Rogers Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals Nickey Chicago, Plymouth Road Runners and muscle cars from 1963 and 1973 will star at Strange-but-true tales… ACC writers, including Dale Novak and Colin Comer, share tales of car weirdness in Strange But True Tales of Car Collecting, a new book from Motorbooks and our sister magazine, Sports Car Market. There are 36 stories of barn-finds, cars that came back from the dead, and just plain old weirdness. Novak writes about the brand-new 1957 Plymouth Belvedere that was placed in an underground vault in Tulsa, OK, for 50 years, while Comer explores the weird life of a wrecked, burned 289 Shelby Cobra that was brought back to life. This is a great holiday gift for any car addict. Copies signed by ACC Publisher Keith Martin are $28 at www. americancarcollector.com. Zephyrhills Fall AutoFest Most of the car-collecting world is under a blanket of clouds — or even snow — right now, but Florida rocks sunshine and summer all year long. So why not head to Carlisle Events’ Zephyrhills Fall AutoFest north of Tampa, FL. Crowds of American-car addicts will gather at Festival Park on November 14–17 for a huge swapmeet, auction, private sales corral and other events. More than 500 cars — and shirtsleeve weather — are expected. Adult admission is $8 on Thursday, $10 on Friday and Saturday and $5 on Sunday. www.carsatcarlisle.com 14 AmericanCarCollector.com this year’s Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals on November 23–24 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Chicago, IL. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on November 23 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on November 24. This is the fifth year of this massive, popular event, which brings hundreds of Corvettes and muscle cars — and thousands of gearheads — to a happy whirl of a swapmeet, seminars and displays. The ever-popular Shelby Snakepit, Baldwin-Motion Madness and Corvette Triple Diamond Competition events are on the schedule. Mecum Auctions is the title sponsor, and admission is $25 for adults. Kids 12 and younger are admitted for free. More information and discount tickets are available at www.mcacn.com. Automobilia comes to Scottsdale Collectors of old oil cans, neon signs, gas pumps and other cool old things have a new stop at the Arizona Auctions in January 2014. Automobilia Scottsdale — the desert version of the very popular Automobilia Monterey — is setting up shop in the Radisson Hotel in Fort McDowell on January 16–17. This is the same location as the popular Silver Auction. For more information, visit www.automobiliascottsdale.com. Beaches caps off successful season On every Wednesday evening throughout the summer, the Beaches Summertime Cruisin’ brings hundreds of vintage cars — including many hot rods, muscle cars, customs and classics — to Portland International Raceway. The Cruisin’ is a fun night for all, and many gearheads fire up their cars and head to the grassy parking area near the PIR Drag Strip almost every Wednesday from June through September. This summer tradition, which started in 1996, closed out 2013 on September 25. In total, the event has raised more than $1.5 million for local charities, and they’re forecasting $2 million by 2016. For more infomation, visit www.beachesrestaurantandbar.com.A


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CROSSINGTHE Upcoming auctions BLOCK by Tony Piff 1965 Plymouth Belvedere with NASCAR internals, offered at RKM Charlotte NoVeMBeR Collector Car Productions — Toronto Classic Car Auction Where: Toronto, ON, CAN When: November 1–3 More: www.collectorcarproductions.com Last year: 200/337 cars sold / $3.7m Vicari — Classic & Muscle Car Auction Where: Panama City, FL When: November 8–9 More: www.vicariauction.com The featured consignments at this annual auction are a realdeal 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 convertible with matching numbers; a 1951 Hudson Pacemaker convertible with rebuilt “Twin H” motor; a supercharged 1957 Ford Thunderbird in pink; a 1956 Ford Crown Victoria; a 1971 Pontiac Trans Am; a Canadian-born 1953 Mercury M100 pickup; a rotisserie-restored 1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro, with one owner for the past 31 years, offered at no reserve; and a 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 SC — described as “the only true factory CSX4000-series aluminum-bodied original in Canada.” RKM Collector Car Auction Where: Charlotte, NC When: November 1–3 More: www.rkmcca.com Vicari will have more than 250 cars at their November auction. The sale takes place as part of the “Emerald Coast Cruizin — The South’s Best Blast from the Past Family Fun Event.” The week includes plenty of non-auction festivities as well, such as vendors, a huge swapmeet, a crafts and jewelry section and a kids’ area with rides and games. RM in Association with Sotheby’s — Art of the Automobile Where: Manhattan, NY When: November 21 More: www.rmauctions.com This sale will showcase premium American muscle, storied race cars and serious customs. The star cars are a 1969 Dodge Daytona; a Pro Street 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle; a supercharged 1941 Willys coupe; a 1964 Plymouth Belvedere with NASCAR internals, built by NASCAR crew chief Ray Evernham; and “The Innovator,” a 1967 Chevrolet Nova named 2011 Goodguys Street Machine of the Year. They’ll also offer a 2012 Local Motors Rally Fighter. 16 AmericanCarCollector.com 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 at CCP Toronto


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CROSSINGTHEBLOCK NEXT ISSUE: ACC’s exclusive coverage of this historic auction 1955 Lincoln Indianapolis exclusive Study at RM Manhattan This sale, held at Sotheby’s downtown Manhattan sales room, will celebrate the motor car and its place in the history of design. The carefully selected assortment of important automobiles from around the globe includes a 1955 Lincoln Indianapolis Exclusive Study, a 1957 Dual-Ghia convertible and a 1933 Auburn Twelve Custom Speedster. McCormick — 55th Palm Springs Classic Car Auction Where: Palm Springs, CA When: November 22–24 More: www.classic-carauction.com Last year: 358/557 cars sold / $6.1m There’s always a strong variety of American classics at this twice-annual sale, held at The Spa Resort Casino. Among the featured early consignments are a 1951 Chevy Styleline Deluxe coupe, a 1947 Chevy 3100 Deluxe 5-window pickup and a 1957 Pontiac Safari station wagon. This will be McCormick’s 55th Palm Springs auction. Mecum — Anaheim 2013 Where: Anaheim, CA When: November 21–23 More: www.mecum.com Last year: 418/836 cars sold / $15m Midwest dealership yields time-capsule treasures VanDerBrink Auctions — The Lambrecht Chevrolet Dealership Auction Where: Pierce, NE When: September 28 More: www.vanderbrinkauctions.com ACC staffers are headed to small-town Nebraska for a once-in-a-lifetime event: the Lambrecht Chevrolet Dealership auction. Nebraska Chevy dealer Ray P. Lambrecht’s lifetime hoard of 500 cars includes 50 still on MSO and showing fewer than 10 miles. It’s perhaps the largest collection of time-capsule cars ever, which instantly attracted the attention of the mainstream media — even though many of the cars have been rotting into the earth for decades. With all of the hype, will we see record prices or record disappointment? The next issue of ACC will feature exclusive in-depth coverage from our on-site team. Stay tuned! Sales totaled $15m at Mecum’s debut Anaheim auction in 2012. This time around, American muscle takes center stage yet again. The heavy hitters include a 1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro with just 21k original miles, still retaining original engine, transmission and rear end; and a Govier-documented 1970 Plymouth Superbird with 440-ci 390-hp 6-barrel V8, previously rated a 2+ by ACC Publisher Keith Martin when the car was featured on TV’s “What’s My Car Worth?” 1958 Chevrolet Apache 31 Series pickup, 5 miles 1964 Chevrolet Impala with 327 V8, 4 miles 1963 Chevrolet Corvair Monza, 17 miles 1965 Chevrolet Impala with 396 V8, 12 miles 1963 Chevrolet Impala with 327 V8, 11 miles 1951 Chevy Styleline DeLuxe at McCormick Palm Springs 18 AmericanCarCollector.com 1975 Chevrolet Caprice Classic 4-door hard top, 7 miles


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CROSSINGTHEBLOCK 1970 Plymouth Superbird at Mecum Anaheim Leake — Dallas 2013 Where: Dallas, TX When: November 22–24 More: www.leakecarauction.com Last year: 327/577 cars sold / $6.6m annual sale, housed at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX. Look for restored muscle, pre-war heavy iron, premium pickups and cool cruisers at a range of affordable prices. Leake’s annual Dallas sale sees about 600 cars cross the block. The two-ring auction will feature a vast array of cars including Cadillacs, Corvettes, Camaros, street rods, Mustangs and other vintage, collector, muscle, high-performance and specialty vehicles. The headliners this year include a 2013 Chevrolet COPO Camaro rolling chassis built up by Gas Monkey Garage and a 1941 Chevrolet Super Deluxe convertible used in the film “Gangster Squad,” starring Sean Penn and Ryan Gosling. Dan Kruse Classics — Houston November Where: Houston, TX When: November 30 More: www.kruseclassics.com Silver Auctions Where: Fort McDowell, AZ When: November 30–December 1 More: www.silverauctions.com Silver has added a fall Arizona auction to their 2013 calendar, and about 200 cars are expected. Look for a healthy mix of shiny muscle, cool customs, classic luxury rides and vintage pickups. The star car is a 1946 Ford Super Deluxe convertible. DeCeMBeR American classics make up most of the consignments at this Mecum — Kansas City 2013 Where: Kansas City, MO When: December 5–7 Last year: 505/794 cars sold / $11.3m This annual sale of about 750 cars will feature a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air hard top, a 1972 Ford LTD convertible and the entire Charles Gabus Estate Collection, all without reserve. Also offered are a 1971 Chevrolet Cheyenne pickup; a red 1966 Pontiac GTO two-door post; and a red 1967 GTO convertible. Raleigh Classic Where: Raleigh, NC When: December 6–7 More: www.raleighclassic.com 1946 Ford Super Deluxe at Silver Fort McDowell 20 AmericanCarCollector.com The twice-annual Raleigh Classic attracts a wide variety of consignments, foreign and domestic. American cars of note for December 2013 include a 1956 AMC Rambler sedan, a 1940 Buick Limited Model 91, a 1960 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible, a 1964 Chevrolet Chevelle SS convertible, a 1973 Dodge Coronet Custom wagon and a 1979 Dodge Li’l Red Express pickup. A


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Publisher’s Note Keith Martin Two glorious years of ACC W elcome to issue number 12 of American Car Collector, America’s fastest growing collector-car magazine. Over the past two years, we’ve delivered hundreds of firsthand auction reports and evaluations, in-depth insider’s profiles, highly opinionated exchanges with our readers and just plain fun. Where else can you read exchanges about the merits and pitfalls of putting a Chevy engine into a Ford rod, or whether patina is market driven or just a fad? This issue covers the megafest that is Monterey, where American cars, both classic and muscle, continue to gain importance in the marketplace. Mecum and Russo and Steele led the charge there. ACC Editor Jim Pickering and Associate Editor Chad Tyson share their Hot August Nights experiences with you on p. 32, as they drove a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit from Portland, OR, to Reno to be a part of this year’s Barrett-Jackson auction and the citywide car celebration that is Hot August Nights — and then carried on to Monterey to join the rest of the team. You’ll notice new advertisers in this issue, and we welcome them. As ACC continues to grow, it delivers more exposure to the right kind of readers — like you! With every issue, you can find ACC in more places. In addition to being in every Barnes & Noble in the nation, and other enthusiastoriented bookstores, we continue to forge relationships with our partners such as Silver Auctions, Auctions America, Park Place, Reliable Carriers, Volo Classic Cars, Chubb Collector Car Insurance and Henderson Auctions, who make sure each issue of ACC gets into the hands of their valued customers. We get asked every day where the market is heading, has it peaked or is there more steam left? Truly, no one knows, but I would predict that we’re nowhere near the last stop on the train ride. Every auction we see is better attended, with higher-condition cars consigned and enthusiastic bidders paying what they want for the car of their dreams. My advice to you is the same as always — when you are ready to sell your car, be sure it is in top condition and accurately described. When you are buying, trust but verify — always try to have an expert look over the car with you, as something as arcane as the location of the wiring harness in relation to the battery tray can tell you whether a first-gen Nova was born with a V8 or a 6-cylinder engine. Thanks for being a part of this ride, and we promise you a continued front-row seat to the excitement of the market in the issues ahead.A CAR COLLECTOR Volume 2, Number 6 November-December 2013 Publisher Keith Martin executive editor Chester Allen editor Jim Pickering Art Director Dave Tomaro Digital Media Director Jeff Stites editor at Large Colin Comer Auctions editor Tony Piff Associate editor Chad Tyson Copy editors Yael Abel, Dave Tomaro Auction Analysts B. 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GOODREADS by Mark Wigginton Going back through your old high school yearbook is both comforting and frightening, and The Art of the Muscle Car: Collector’s Edition by David Newhardt, photography by Peter Harholdt, Motorbooks, 240 pages, $41.32, Amazon those feelings are heightened as the years and reunions roll by. Sure there were ugly ducklings that turned into swans, but there were also a lot of folks who peaked at graduation. The muscle-car era was much the same, with a few swans, but lots of cars that were only impressive in their own specific time. The years go by and our high school selves learn about taste — a good pinot rather than another can of Bud, oxford cloth instead of T-shirts — and we come to the conclusion the Superbird is just nutty. That’s what going through The Art of the Muscle Car is like. It’s primarily a photographic time machine that will take you on an emotional journey through a significant portion of important cars from the late ’60s. They might even be more significant if you were there the first time. In an enhanced second edition of the 2009 printing, with added mages, writer David Newhardt and photographer Peter Harholdt led by a nifty foreward by Brock Yates) take you through the crazy period of horsepower stuffed into modest sedan packages. As you turn the pages, through the Innocent Years (1964–68), the Excessive Years (1969–70) and the Declining Years (1971–74), it’s like late-night memories of lost loves. There is the Boss 302 my college friend Lance drove, there’s the Mercury Cyclone my mother drove when the big Mercury station wagon got tired, there’s the Challenger I borrowed from my Missouri roommate, and the Firebird my neighbor drove. (Ohmigod, I just realized my Mom drove a Cyclone!) It’s page after page of beautiful images of cars that ran the gamut from frighteningly utilitarian sedans stuffed with big iron to lovely, almost sports cars stuffed with big iron. And let’s not forget that’s what it was all about: muscle. Not turning, stopping or anything but grunt. Those were the days. PARTSTIME by Chad Tyson New products to modernize your street machine Liquid Performance The experts at Liquid Performance want to make sure your cars stay in top shape. This includes keeping your track-day beast running at the right temperature regardless of weather conditions. Their coolant is a propylene-glycol base. They then add their proprietary LP3 additives. What results is some of the best coolant/ antifreeze available for your race car: boiling-point protection up to 260ºF and freezing-point protection down to minus-30ºF. This coolant is pre-mixed — for those of you who’d rather just buy standard-strength green stuff and make your own 50/50 mix with the garden hose, note that the water mixed in here is de-ionized. That means greater protection against corrosion and degradation for your engine. Visit www.summitracing. com and search LQP Racing, or call Summit directly at 800.230.3030 for more details. 24 AmericanCarCollector.com eddie Motorsports Ford Small-Block S.drive Serpentine Pulley Systems Serpentine belt systems knock V-belts out of their pulleys in terms of performance and style. No belt slipping, easy adjustability, and it’s shiny? Sign me up. Early this year, Eddie Motorsports released their S.drive Serpentine Pulley Systems for smallblock Fords following the success of their Chevy serpentine systems. What you get includes a Ford Racing water pump, Sanden a/c compressor, Maval powersteering pump and Powermaster 105-amp alternator. The five different billet-part finishes let you match the theme of your engine bay. The caveat to this package of awesome? You’ll need to wire and run an electric fuel pump, as there is no provision for a mechanical fuel pump in the front cover. But you were planning on doing that anyway, right? Kits start at $2,250. Call 888.813.1293, or visit www.eddie motorsports.com to pick out your system. A Lineage: A couple of old hands from the motorsports magazine world, Newhardt and Harholdt do a lovely job of surveying the cream of muscle cars. Fit and finish: Beautiful images and a crisp design work well together. Drivability: While it’s a repackaging of an earlier edition, the bonus fold-outs and lovely loose prints make it a good choice if you don’t have the first. The text is nicely written, but the technical details are skimpy. Think of it as the equivalent of that old high school yearbook: It’s not a detailed guide you might use to recapture your youth, but it might get you thinking about scoring a lovely Boss 302 at auction. is best


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COOLSTUFF Compact c Phone, knives, Repro documentation fills in the blanks So the restoration is complete and your Corvette looks showroom-new. What about the paperwork in the glovebox? These Corvette owner’s manuals are exact reprints of the real thing for 1953–80; 1981–2012 is new from GM. $9.99 to $99.99 from www. mamotorworks.com Watch-pocket knife Small enough to hide under a credit card or in your watch pocket, but just chunky enough for comfortable one-handed opening, the Boker Nano manages to be imposing without implying imminent violence. When closing the blade, only the unsharpened “tang comes near your thumb, for safe, stress-free closing. Th orange Zytel handle is a Bla exclusive. 4.75 inches long o from www.bladehq.com numbered pieces. O tr OOLSTUFF Compact c Phone, knives, Repro documentation fills in the blanks So the restoration is complete and your Corvette looks showroom-new. What about the paperwork in the glovebox? These Corvette owner’s manuals are exact reprints of the real thing for 1953–80; 1981–2012 is new from GM. $9.99 to $99.99 from www. mamotorworks.com Watch-pocket knife Small enough to hide under a credit card or in your watch pocket, but just chunky enough for comfortable one-handed opening, the Boker Nano manages to be imposing without im- plying imminent violence. When closing the blade, only the unsharpened “tang comes near your thumb, for safe, stress-free closing. Th orange Zytel handle is a Bla exclusive. 4.75 inches long o from www.bladehq.com numbered pieces. O tr w w to w com tools, pens, journa flashlights… Wher to keep it all? Skin makes an assortme of “skinny sheath” pouches designed t handle all manner o “everyday carry” i Construction is bu letproof, yet bulk-free. The OG ($35) is an excellent, smallish introduction to the Skinth lineup, but if you’re like me, as your collection of gadgets grows, so will your collection of Skinths. Handmade in Canada. www.skinthsolutions.com by Tony Piff Soft sockets The plastic sleeves and inserts on these deep-well sockets minimize the chance of metal-on-metal contact while removing the lug nuts from your dazzlingly perfect rims. A set of six is $40.99 from www.summitracing.com. DESKTOPCLASSICS by Marshall Buck 1965 Ford Mustang gT fastback The Danbury Mint has produced a vast amount of great models over the years; sadly, I must report that this Mustang was their last. Almost any model from DM is worth having, especially this, their last limited edition. Several years ago, DM produced a similar version in turquoise. This recent and last edition is already sold out, but you can find them occasionally on eBay. The black beauty is packed with great detailing and a wealth of working features. There is even a hinged panel inside the trunk leading to the interior, which boasts a double-hinged flat-folding rear seat. You also get the complete GT and Pony interior with center console-mounted 4-speed, and a comprehensively detailed engine bay with a terrific fully plumbed and wired 289 V8. Chassis is fully detailed as well. The only negative goes to the upside-down mounted exterior door handles. So much for “Crafted in China.” 26 AmericanCarCollector.com Detailing Scale: 1:24 Available colors: Black Quantity: 1,965 Price: $200 to $350 Production date: 2013 Ratings Detailing: Accuracy: Overall quality: Overall value: is best ½


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YOUR TURN Tell us what’s on your mind Zee details ACC Gang: Great mag! I am a charter subscriber to this and the previous Corvette Market magazine. However, a couple of points to ponder, all in regards to the July-August 2013 issue: The article on the 1990 ZR-1, by Michael Pierce (p. 42), was very good, but I have a few nits to pick. The ZR-1 was rather special, but the really special parts were in the engine and the bodywork. The car came equipped one way: loaded, and from there you could select color and transmission (as long as a 6-speed manual is what you wanted). The ZF-made 6-speed transmission was nearly identical to the base car. The only difference was the input shaft. Otherwise, the boxes are identical, right down to their ridiculously high 0.50:1 6th gear. Additionally, all options available on the ZR-1 were available on lesser Corvettes. In 1991, all Corvettes got the same 1990 taillight treatment, so that identifier was lost. The brakes are noted as being 11.5-inch units. They’re actually 13-inch units. And the discs are about 1.25 inches thick. These things are massive compared with the standard 12-inch rotors. The ZR-1 caliper was a bit stiffer than the stock J55 caliper, and the later Grand Sport caliper was thicker/stiffer still. The real problem is that these calipers don’t have heat vents, and the top of the caliper, under extreme use, can get soft and splay out. I call this bad. My 1992 LT1 coupe has the Grand Sport upgrades, but the real improvement came from using the Hawk HP Plus pads… those things defy gravity. A thought or two for John L. Stein, in regards to his article “Real vs. Repro” (p. 40): One thing that has conspired against me (and I am not alone) is the absolute horrid quality of replacement parts. Even parts from the manufacturer are junk. Case in point, I go through a coolant temperature sensor (the one that feeds the ECM temperature data, Contact us at: American Car Collector, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 or online at comments@americancarcollector.com Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson 1990 Corvette ZR-1 so it’s important!) about once every 15–18 months. AC Delco, parts from the various car parts shops, all varying degrees of junk. The Delco seems the best of a pretty bad lot, most of which are cheap junk-store-brand sensors that come from the factory dead. New GM courtesy light switches (the light switch in the door) are arriving from GM brand new, dead. The ’92-96 Corvette is saddled with a crappy thing called Optispark. From my estimates, no one is using the OEM Mitsubishi optics anymore, and we, the consumers, are paying for it. Several years ago, there was a run on bad hydraulic clutch slaves. One friend replaced his about once every three weeks. The GM dealer was sure he was screwing up the install — until someone found out that the factory making the slaves was installing a rubber seal BACKWARDS! Keep up the great work! — Andy Bogus, owner, www.corvetteguru.com, San Pedro, CA Michael Pierce responds: Thanks for correcting the rotor size issue on the firstgen ZR-1 profile. For a factory car designed to be able to go almost 200 mph, it has to have a great set of brakes that will stop the car at speed before you reach the next ZIP code. Appreciate the tip on those Hawk pads, too. John Stein responds: Excellent point about repro parts. I have noticed this phenomenon in electronics of all descriptions, not just automotive. Even the trusted blue-chip companies sell what appear to be the cheapest possible products in beautiful packaging. And you can’t opt in for a premium grade because it doesn’t exist. In the story, John Jaeger noted that you have to do a lot of research and be careful what you choose. The quality issue you’re running into here is surely part and parcel of that vigilance. The first of its kind? In response to the recent article about “Mr. Norm’s street machine,” the 1972 Dodge Demon GSS (September-October 2013, p. 48): The article claims that the Demon GSS was “the first of its kind” and makes the assertion that current cars like the ZR1 Corvette, the ZL1 Camaro, or the Shelby GT500 are “modern interpretations” of the supercharged 1972 Demon GSS. Although this car was in a sense unique, long before its production became a reality, supercharged examples of the Shelby GT350 had come and gone, with nearly 40 documented examples of a car that had no real rival (at least 11 produced in 1966, 28 in 1967). The option for a dealer-installed Paxton blower was available until 1969, so there are probably more of them out there. Motor Trend magazine, in their August Courtesy of Mecum Auctions 1972 Dodge Demon gSS 28 AmericanCarCollector.com 1966 issue, road-tested a supercharged 1966 GT350 and had much praise for it. With a horsepower rating around 400–410 and with an automatic transmission, it ran a 14.0 ET at 102 mph in the quarter mile. That ET is truly impressive when considering that MT had two occupants and equipment in the car during testing. It’s easy to see that with a 250-lb. weight loss and a 4-speed, you have a car running close to mid-13s; not bad for a factory small block in 1966. — Mark DellAcqua, Millersville, MDA


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INSIDER’S VIEW Patina: Fad or lasting trend? Crowd-sourcing an answer to your queries To be on the mailing list for next month’s question, go to AmericanCarCollector.com and sign up for our biweekly newsletter. The ACC question: Patina is defined as “a surface appearance of something grown beautiful, especially with age or use.” Twenty years ago, the idea of originality wasn’t as popular as it is today — a lot of car builders wanted the shiniest, glossiest candy-like paint jobs they could afford. But as old cars were restored and repainted in the popular colors of the ’80s, ’90s, and ’00s, the number of untouched originals shrank, and that’s helped boost the cool factor of cars and trucks that show some age scars today. Some people are even using sandpaper on new paint jobs in an attempt to make them look old. In 10 years, will people look back at cars and trucks with real patina and groan, or will evidence of the passage of time still be cool? Will the fake-patina cars, made to look old, ruin enthusiasm for the real ones? Will weathered original paint go the way of the ’70s heavy metal-flake jobs, ’80s side graphics, or ’90s billet wheels? This fine example of extreme patina was featured in ACC issue #2 Readers respond: Dwayne Bublitz, Corvette’N America Road Tours, Flagstaff, AZ, via email: I am bored with shiny over-restored classic cars. It’s high time the hobby recognizes the importance of the original piece. Would you rather have plastic flowers in your front yard or the real deal? My garage is slowly changing from restored to original classics. Doug Bean, via ACC Blog: There are plenty of shoddy examples of fauxtina out there. But, I’ve seen a (very) few fauxtina finishes that were pure artistry. I’d humbly offer that a fauxtina finish (well done) has just as much a legitimate place in our hobby as any other custom finish. 98jagman, via ACC Blog: To me, patina is a sign of age, wear and tear. No longer new in appearance, and therefore less desirable. I prefer restored. Primus, via ACC Blog: There is patina Lance Weathersby, via email: I grew up in the ’50s and ’60s and and then there is patina. Hard to describe good versus bad, aside from, “I know the good patina when I see it.” I have a friend who owns a 1930s Lincoln that is unrestored and should never be restored. It has good patina. And then there is the 1930s Ford that was pulled out of a barn where it sat for 30-plus years and the birds had their way with it. That one has bad patina. Easy to tell them apart. Howie Poulter, via ACC Blog: Vehicles showing age are a fad which has been prompted by hobbyists who are also showing their age, or patina perhaps, and want their toys to also reflect their current state. While I too am showing age, I still prefer my vehicles to be shiny! I like to remember them as fresh and new, rather than ancient and well-used. RetroRick, via ACC Blog: Patina is a style, not a fad. Think of it like faded, well-worn jeans with holes in the knees. I think it’ll be with us a long time and I’m happy about it. Patina cars, like rat rods, are enjoyed most by younger car guys, and these guys like to drive them too. Anything that attracts and keeps guys under 70 interested in old cars is a good thing. 30 AmericanCarCollector.com “Vehicles showing age are a fad which has been prompted by hobbyists who are also showing their age” built my own street cars and drag cars. One of the first items embedded on our brains at the time was “class and flash.” From paint to interior, engine compartment, wheels and tires, and so on. The first thing we did when we purchased that “beater” was to class it up and flash it up. My idea of today’s “patina” is that basically you are taking a car that was beautiful when it rolled off that assembly line, but with time and age its class and flash have faded away. I just can’t truly appreciate the rusted and derelict look of a beautiful machine that once had so much class and flash. I think that as the new generation of hot-rodders stop and look at the history of their new rides, patina will fade and class and flash will return. Mike Flaten, Wayzata, MN, via email: Patina is a fad except for those original cars in excellent unrestored condition. An old piece of junk is still an old piece of junk. On the other hand, if a car is original and in extremely good condition, that is a different story. Today even owners of “barn finds” are concerned about knocking off the dust for fear that will lose value. Is that ridiculous or what? Bill Hahn & Paul Vorbach, Hahn and Woodward Auto Restoration, Harmony, PA, via email: While we don’t think true patina will ever go out of style (so long as restoration costs remain high), we do think the “fauxtina” side of things is more of a fad. We know of a couple of vehicles with true patina where the owner felt compelled to add some fauxtina lettering, which really wasn’t necessary. That is not to say certain projects don’t lend themselves to a fauxtina treatment, but as an overall trend, we think it will fade — pun intended. John Trimarco, via email: If a car or truck looks like it has original paint, like my 18,000-mile Shelby GT350 with factory drips, leave it alone. But if there’s only 30% of the paint left with rust and primer, what are you trying to save? Paint the car and bring it back to the original beauty!


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Andy Bogus, via email: I doubt it’s a fad. It’s been a growing trend since the entire “survivor” thing started a few years back. Real patina only comes with time, and in the world of many antiques, they prefer that mark of time. Now, if we are restoring a bad repaint, by all means. Redo it and redo it right. But for the gentle patina of time, I think that will stay popular for a long time to come, simply because the number of cars that are still that original and that clean are dwindling by the day. John Boyle, Colbert, WA, via email: In the past some nice service- able (but old) original paint and interiors were replaced just to make a car look new, or better than new. Painted wire wheels were chromed, pinstripes were added where no factory ever put them. Yes, Pebble Beach (and other mega-buck concours) entrants, I’m referring to you. Now (as in many things), our reaction is over-reaction. The market is favoring autos that are in poor condition. Collectors are showing off shot paint, flaking chrome and interiors that were recently home to who-knows-what. I don’t mind old paint that has a few rock chips or even a bit of primer. But there has to be a happy medium. If the interior is so bad you have to cover it with a horse blanket, I hate to break it to you, but it’s gone. Time to call the undertaker and the upholstery shop. The only thing worse than these patina guys are the sellers who expect to double their money because the car is in such bad shape. Sometimes they are dealers trying to make a quick buck, but other times they are collectors who should know better, or non-hobby people trying to maximize their return on a heap that dad — or granddad — simply never got around to restoring. Mike, via ACC Blog: Anyone can have a shiny paint job, but only Mother Nature can create patina. I know that there are people trying to duplicate weathering, but they are usually pretty obvious. To find a 30-, 40- or 50-year-old car that still wears its original finish is really getting difficult. They are like a needle in the haystack. It’s always a treat to find a car that hasn’t been slathered with a Maaco paint job. If they haven’t been crashed or rusted out, leave them alone. Definitely not a fad, but an appreciation of imperfection. A Download the ACC app! View American Car Collector magazine with our FREE ACC app. Available for iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Android version as well November-December 2013 31


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FEATUREHOT AUGUST NIGHTS Jim Pickering “energizer” — a chopped ’41 Willys pickup A SURE BET for car guys Jim Pickering 1971 Plymouth gTX HOT AUGUST NIGHTS TOOK OVER RENO; ACC CAUGHT THE ACTION by Jim Pickering A 1970 Dodge Dart Swinger hot rod Chad Tyson Chad Tyson 1951 Mercury custom 32 AmericanCarCollector.com ugust is the best month of the year to be a car guy. Summer’s in full swing, so the weather’s good, and there are events all over the country celebrating everything from hot rods to vintage military vehicles. If you’ve got gas money and some free time, all you need to do is pick a direction, pack up your car and go. For a lot of car people, Reno is that destination every August. This year, more than 10,000 cars and even more people showed up for the annual Hot August Nights festivities, spread out over the entire Reno/ Sparks area. This year I made the trip, too, joined by ACC Associate Editor Chad Tyson and Ad Sales Exec Steve Kittrell. Hot August Nights got its start in 1986 as a summer concert at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center featuring the Righteous Brothers, Wolfman Jack, and Jan and Dean. More than 10,000 people attended that first event, and as a testament to the power of ’50s and ’60s nostalgia and American car culture, it has grown ever since. Now the entire Reno-Sparks area gets taken over by classic, custom and restored cars from all over the country for those eight days. Hot August Nights has a bunch of sanctioned events as part of the festivities, including a swapmeet, the all-new Barrett-Jackson auction, and drag races. The entire town turns into a car show that week. Our plan was to try to see everything. Seems simple, right? Hot rods everywhere We stumbled out of our hotel on Friday morning into blinding sun and right into the middle of a car show. This is the kind of thing you come to expect in Reno during Hot August Nights week, but for us,


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Jim Pickering grandpa and a budding car enthusiast Chad Tyson on day one, it was a surprise. Especially considering this was 9 a.m. on a weekday. My plan for the morning was to grab breakfast with Chad and then head to the Barrett-Jackson auction at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center to pick up our press passes and snap some photos. Of course, those plans changed as soon as we saw shiny paint and chrome lining the street in front of our hotel. The quick bite to eat we were thinking of turned into a photo shoot and a gawking moment, and we each headed off in different directions, chasing different interests. Looking back, that pretty much set the tone for our entire trip. I grabbed that quick bite while checking out a lifted ’50s Chevy truck and an M60 machine gun, which was mounted on a Vietnamera Jeep. Across from me, an older man walked down the center of Virginia Street with his granddaughter beside him, scanning the row of Mustangs to the left and custom ’50s Chevys to the right. It seemed at the time like a rare sight — she was just as interested as he was; it was the kind of moment that builds new car enthusiasts. This turned out to be a theme pretty much everywhere we went. I snapped a pic Jim Pickering A bit of military history that distracted Jim of them just as Chad returned, showing me a schedule of events he’d picked up that listed all the things going on consecutively. Getting to everything was going to be tough. Light ’em up That night, we headed to Sparks for the Hot August Nights drag races — a sixteenth-of-a-mile shot set up in the Nugget parking lot next to the I-80 freeway. I posted up on the chain-link fence right next to the burnout box just as a flamed ’57 Chevy Nomad throttled up and went screaming past, smoking his tires down half of the track. He backed up to the starting line as a blue T-bucket dry-hopped up next Drag races lit up the night on a sixteenth-ofa-mile setup in the Nugget parking lot Jim Pickering November-December 2013 33


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GLOVEBOXNOTES FEATURE HOT AUGUST NIGHTS By Chad Tyson Jeep graciously provided us with a 2014 Grand Cherokee Summit edition for our 2,000-mile round trip from Portland to Reno, on to Monterey and back home. 2014 Jeep grand Cherokee Summit 4x4 SuV Jim Pickering The cruise through Sparks draws a sizeable crowd Price as tested: $51,990 equipment: ; 3.6-liter V6, 290 hp, 8-sp auto with E-shifter ePA mileage: 17/24 Likes: Attractive and a commanding presence. Feels like it can go anywhere. Handles off-road trails with no drama and in full comfort. Nimble for an SUV, and even for a large sedan. The assisted steering is point and go. The Quadra-lift air suspension gives separation between the bumps, ruts and debris found on back-country highways. Ground clearance is adjustable from 8.7 inches to 11.3 inches at the touch of a button. 25-gallon tank and 24 mpg highway makes for fantastic range. Dislikes: Auto windshield-wiping function isn’t all that smart, as it selects the fastest wiping setting during light rains. The touchscreen does not always respond to touch commands. Chrysler imported (from Detroit) the stubby T-shaped shifter from the 300 and Charger twins. Selecting “drive” and “park” is easy, with “reverse” requiring a more gentle maneuver. Verdict: The Grand Cherokee is for the buyer who wants legitimate off-roading capabilities with leather seats and a chrome grille. It’s a fancy multi-use tool. Camping, commuting, road trips, towing, this rig can do it all. It isn’t cheap, as the Summit starts at $50,995 plus delivery. It all adds up to a lot of vehicle for the price. Fun to drive: Fun to look at: overall experience: is best 34 AmericanCarCollector.com ½ At night, cars cruise the Reno strip two-by-two Jim Pickering to him, the driver clearly working hard to keep the lightweight in relative control. On green they flew down the track in five seconds of fury. Win light: Nomad. I struck up a conversation with Bob, a local guy standing next to me on the fence line. He’d been to every Hot August Nights celebration since the beginning, and he had a method for getting the most out of it: “I start at the southernmost hotel, roll through each parking lot car show and take a quick look around, and then move on to the next one. I make sure I’m in Sparks to watch the cars cruise at the end of the afternoon. That way, the cars I missed all come to me.” Good advice, although even he admitted that it didn’t always work, and it didn’t include the all-new B-J auction. A few minutes later, a built Nova powered down the track and smashed into the wall. Its rear quarter was punched in hard and its rear bumper was twisted up into the body, and its owner’s pride looked even worse. But the crowd loved it. Slow roll Saturday night, Chad and I walked the strip to see the trademark cruise session pass under the famous Reno sign. The downtown stretch of Virginia Street was cordoned off with temporary fencing between the road and the sidewalk, and the cars started coming before the sun went down — slowly at first, and then more frequently, taking up both lanes. People milled around on both sides of the street, sometimes as many as five deep at the fence, trying to catch a glimpse of the hot rods and customs rolling past. The cars ran with parking lights illuminated and every seat filled. A ’56 T-bird cruised past with four people in it — two grandparents and their grandkids, who were standing up and waving like it was a parade float. A ’57 Chevy wagon was behind them, filled beyond capacity, complete with a 20-something kid sitting on the open tailgate. Some drivers threw candy to the crowd, and others threw strings of beads. Some just revved their engines to cheers from the gawking public. As the sun went down, the neon signs of the strip reflected in the ’50s and ’60s chrome and gave off a pinkish orange glow. I grabbed a spot on the fence and trained my camera at the oncoming classic traffic. Someone nearby commented on how busy it was. His friend replied: “If you think this is big, you should have seen Sparks earlier.” He looked around at the thousands of people up and down the street and continued: “It was crazy.” By the time the last classic left downtown Reno, we’d been going non-stop for five car-filled days, and we didn’t come anywhere close to seeing everything like we’d planned. But we tried. And as they say, there’s always next year. A


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Cheap Thrills B. Mitchell Carlson BUDGET BUYS at the Monterey auctions PROOF YOU CAN GO TO THE PENINSULA AND BUY A CAR WITHOUT HAVING A FACEBOOK FOUNDER’S BUDGET W Dave Tomaro 1957 Ford Thunderbird convertible RM Lot 256, VIN E7FH173594, sold at $74,250 Powered by the 270-hp, 312-ci dual-quad-inducted V8, this Thunderbird Bronze example was well enough restored in the late 1990s to have been a 2000 AACA Senior National First Prize winner. In addition to being one of 977 “E-birds,” its options include a Town & Country radio and a “porthole delete” hard top. At $74,250, this was a relative bargain for E-birds, although they have cooled somewhat in price since a similarly equipped and condition example sold at Mecum’s Kansas City auction two and a half years ago for $145,200. Speaking of relative bargains, it was only $27,425,750 less than the top selling Ferrari here (that car set a new world record for a street car sold at auction). Jeez, I imagine that the new owner likely had to slink away in shame for getting such a cheap car. Like everything in life, it all depends on your point of view. (See the FoMoCo Profile on p. 48). Cheap: Thrilling: Well-bought factor: 36 AmericanCarCollector.com ith everyone talking about all the cars that set records as multimillion-dollar sales in Monterey this year, I elected instead to look to the bottom of the market there and review the cheapest domestic-built road car sold at each one of the auction houses. Were they actually cheap, thrilling, or a good well-bought combination of all factors? Let’s take a look. Here we go, from the most spent to the least ( is best). Courtesy of Russo and Steele 1966 Ford Mustang 2-door hard top Russo and Steele car consignment 5157, VIN 6R07C161799, sold at $11,000 This was the most inexpensive (read cheapest-selling) domestic car at Russo, and overall was worthy of a best-buy flag (rather than a best-buy flog). It had been carefully owned since new and lightly refurbished as needed, unlike most hard tops that are cheap enough to be kid-attainable and kid-thrashed. This 200-horse 289-powered Pony also had a Parchment-and-blue Pony interior with center console to contrast with the newer blue repaint. Offered at no reserve, it was going to get its walking papers regardless of the bid, and made it to $11,000 with the juice. Sure, the engine bay needed a detailing job, but if this was a drop-top, it would be market-correct at triple the price. At $11k, drive it until you get your utility value out of it and are bored with it, then close your eyes and flip it. You can’t do much worse, and you’ll likely make a buck or two. Cheap: Thrilling: Well-bought factor:


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atypically small — you know that you have a diminutive race car when your support truck is a Ford Ranger in matching red. Originally modified in the 1950s and known ever since as the Gardner Special after the chap who originally started competing with it in California in 1953, it had a well-documented history before Donald’s ownership from 2003 through 2008. After he bought it, Donald had the motor rebuilt before competing in several VSCCA events, in addition to the Monterey Historics. He sold it to this consignor at Amelia Island in 2008, and it has been mostly static but race-ready since. Crosley Hot Shots can actually be pretty serious competition Courtesy of Bonhams 1910 Buick Model 10 Touring Bonhams Lot 129, VIN 21278 (the engine number), sold at $41,800 Not only is this the oldest vehicle on our list, but it was also the only non-runner. It was restored so long ago that nobody was entirely certain when it earned the AACA award badge affixed to it. However, it was in a number of notable early collections, including those of of Dr. Samuel L. Scher and Richard C. Paine Jr., before it sold to the overseas collector who consigned it here. Buick was slightly dysfunctional during the Brass Era, as they had both grand road cars and entry-level cars such as the Model 10. In fact, its biggest competition in the marketplace was the Ford Model T; both used small-displacement 4-cylinder engines and a 2-speed planetary transmission. Priced at $850 FOB Flint, MI, in 1910, it was also price-competitive with the T. However, the T got vastly more inexpensive shortly thereafter, thanks to mass-production refinements, while Buick elected to take the upmarket path. Priced at $41,800 FOB in Monterey, CA, on August 16, 2013, about the only way you’ll get a cheaper Brass Era car that looks this good is to get a pre-1917 Ford Model T. The cosmetics were presentable as it sat, in part because it was a museum car until offered here. It’ll need a recomissioning to get going again, but once you do, it will be welcomed at a plethora of events, both static and moving. Cheap: Thrilling: Well-bought factor: cars, thanks in no small part to continued parts availability for their motors. They hop up well and can even have their suspensions set up respectably, too. While the $30,800 price of admission may seem spendy for a Crosley, you can’t get here any cheaper regardless of whether you start with a good original or from scratch with a dead hulk. Heck, it was even cheap compared with the auction house’s official guesstimate of $40,000–$55,000, but was offered at no reserve. Coupled with the oneoff modifications and provenance, this deal was as screaming good as the motor going down the main straight at Laguna Seca. Cheap: Thrilling: Well-bought factor: Courtesy of Mecum Auctions 1973 Chevrolet Chevelle Laguna Type S-3 Mecum Lot T18, VIN 1E37U4Z420408, sold at $4,000 Finally, we have Mecum. As the everyman’s (and woman’s) auction company, it’s no surprise that they had the cheapest car with a title sold at auction in swanky Monterey. They had the most to choose from at 677 cars offered. And this one wasn’t all that bad of a car, either — once you got past the goofy graphics. It was claimed to have been used in a TV show, but nobody stated which one. However, it had been a California blue-plate car since new (a big plus with the locals) and it was loaded with options: 400 cube small block, a/c, power steering, power brakes, power windows, tilt steering column and swivel bucket seats. Some may feel that this is one of the poster children of the Malaise Dave Tomaro 1950 Crosley Gardner Special Roadster Gooding Lot 138, VIN VC 20346, sold at $30,800 It’s not often that you get a chance to own a car from one of our contributors. This was your shot. While he is more at home with Italian Etceterini in the pages of parent magazine Sports Car Market, Donald Osborne’s work has occasionally been seen here, plus he has a few occasional odd penchants for American Iron, and for a while it was this custom Crosley. It’s Era, but that’s more sour grapes due to this being one of the restyled A-bodies, which displaced the muscle-car-era 1968–72 series. But these sold like hotcakes, hotdogs, and apple pie at the Chevy dealers, and offered a modicum of performance. The Laguna — the top-end series — featured a fully impact- resistant front fascia, and the Type S-3 was the sporty package (with similarity to the SS moniker having to be purely intentional). Damn few were saved or even cared about past 1980 unless you were a Figure 8 racer or Demo Derby jockey, so nice ones are about as hard to find as buck-a-gallon gas. Sure, don’t hold your breath for an invite to Pebble next year, but you may knock ’em dead at the Concours de LeMons instead. Sold for $4,000. A Monterey rental car for the week likely cost more. Cheap: Thrilling: Well-bought factor: A November-December 2013 37


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Horsepower Colin Comer IS IT WRONG to race your car? OWNING A SIGNIFICANT VINTAGE COMPETITION CAR COMES WITH GREAT RESPONSIBILITY well-preserved piece of history is wrong — and hazardous to your health. This doesn’t mean don’t USE the car to keep it healthy. What it does mean is to drive the car carefully — and with preservation as the main goal — in exhibition events. Now, if you have a significant car that is doing an impersonation of George Washington’s ax (three new handles and two new heads) that is restored and has enough modern safety improvements hidden in it to keep you alive, then by all means race it. Another shunt or another new Comer running his 1967 Camaro up front — carefully to use them in are multiplying rapidly, and many owners are throwing caution to the wind and putting history at risk — at least as far as the detractors are concerned. So, is actually using a car you own in the way you wish as despi- W cable as many are saying? Well, it depends. This is an onion with a lot of layers. First, many know that I am an avid vintage racer, and I don’t go there to be a back marker. I like to win, and I spend considerable time preparing my cars — and even myself — to do so. Does it always work? Absolutely not. But even when it doesn’t there is something extremely satisfying about racing a vintage car that is working well and doing what it was designed to do. What follows is strictly this racer’s opinion. Right place, right time First, the venue must suit the car. If you have a significant car with an important history that appears untouched from its last important race in period, do not race it among lesser cars or in anger. This would be irresponsible, as destroying a 38 AmericanCarCollector.com hether or not to actually use historic race cars has always been a topic of debate among car collectors. These debates have become a lot more heated lately — especially when it comes to vintage racing. Why? Values of significant cars are soaring, the venues engine will not be a loss to its historic importance. The same goes for recently “converted” race cars, such as a non-R-model GT350 that was deemed too far gone to restore and was made into a race car. Go forth and race, my speedy friend. For example, I have a 1964 Eisert Indy car, s/n 001, that is 100% period-correct — right down to its original engine and the nearly complete absence of any safety items. I “race” this car at about 6/10ths only in select events against similar cars and their similarly terrified drivers. On the other hand, I have a few 1990s tube-frame Trans Am Mustangs that are historic enough to vintage-race and safe enough for me to run at 10/10ths all day long without unreasonably risking life, limb, or an irreplaceable car. The road is dangerous, too Second, do not think road rallies are safer than racing. I find them quite the opposite. First, traffic is going all directions instead of just one. Second, anybody can get a driver’s license, but many cannot get a competition license. And let’s not talk about the risks of parking outside for days or unforeseen bad road conditions. I see many historically significant cars partaking in 1,000-mile road rallies on public roads. The same rules as above apply. If you have an irreplaceable, unrestored car, letting it get hit by a teenager too busy texting in a 6,000-pound SUV to slow down by conventional means would be tragic. One needs to use extreme caution to avoid being labeled irresponsible here.


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were in period — with respect and admiration. Check out www. historictransam.com and note how the cars are prepared. If everybody adheres to the same set of rules, then everybody can still enjoy good racing. Be careful — but don’t tiptoe Bottom line: If you are lucky enough to be a caretaker of a signifi- cant vintage competition car, it is a role that comes with great responsibility and clearly requires great restraint. But we shouldn’t tiptoe around old race cars as they rot away as static displays. Anything but that, please! Paintings and sculptures were designed as static displays, but cars Historic Trans Am: Big history equals big responsibility But if you have a great old car that you could replace or restore without erasing history if an SUV decided to rough it up — then pass the route book. Don’t mess with the past Finally, resist the temptation of go-fast upgrades. If you have one of Ronnie Sox’s ’Cudas and think you should put fuel injection or a Tremec 5-speed in it, YOU SHOULD NOT. Go and buy Billy Bob’s Barracuda he tubbed in his back yard and ran for years with a BBC in it — and then put your touches on that car. The same goes with any historic race car — it needs to represent its importance at its most significant point in time. Not to burst your bubble, but the car’s most significant time isn’t when you are racing it. The Historic Trans Am guys are doing a fantastic job of showing us how to honor a special era and race important cars as they were made to be driven, and race cars were made to be raced. I am a firm believer that we need to keep these cars in circulation and not hide them away. Plus, the only real way to enjoy a race car is to race it, and the spectators certainly enjoy it as well. Racing needs to be done responsibly, and take into consideration the age and importance of the car — as well as the age and abilities of its current driver. No matter what, if your name isn’t Dan Gurney, I’m reasonably sure you can’t drive like him, and no matter how well any of us turn a lap, I bet Penske isn’t waiting to sign us. We’re car collectors first and foremost, and by definition that means don’t mix lemonade in the Ming vase, so to speak. Of course, if you desire to race at 10/10ths all the time with an eye towards the podium, there is always a large selection of vintage race cars devoid of meaningful, period competition history just itching to see the high side of 8,000 rpm. So, is it irresponsible to race your old car? As you can see, it de- pends. Choose your weapon wisely, and I will see you on the grid. A November-December 2013 39


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Corvette Market John L. Stein ADVENTURE Accessories for A CORVETTE IS AS ROBUST AS A PICKUP — ONLY WITH SLIGHTLY LESS GROUND CLEARANCE. HERE’S WHAT I WANT BOLTED TO MINE Trailer hitch ’Vettes are brutes and can tow small boats, dirt bikes or go-karts without cracking the secondaries open. If the Beach Boys’ Dennis Wilson could do it with his Ferrari Lusso, you can do it with any V8 Corvette. Eckler’s Corvette offers Class I hitches for C4 Corvettes for $300, a pair of Class I hitches for the C3, also for $300, and a Class I hitch for the C5 for $190. Suspension Connection offers a Class I hitch for the C6 for $211. CB antenna If you’ve got one of these sprouting from 1968–77 C3 Corvette luggage rack available from Mid America Motorworks Courtesy of Mid America Motorworks fine with the Muncie gear lever typically warm to the touch, the 327/350 smooth and strong, water temp and oil pressure steady, and my triathlon bike securely on its rack. Wait, a bicycle rack on a midyear? Hey, it’s my dream, Bubba. Corvettes are inspiring performance vehicles, but they’re also I vehicles for adventure — such as my dream trip to Badwater, where I can crank out some long, fast bike miles at 282 feet below sea level. Their steel (and more recently, aluminum) frames are enormously rigid, their suspension systems capable, and their motors — well, there’s no limiting what a Corvette V8 can do. With these strengths, any Corvette from any generation can actually handle just about anything, from autocrossing to driving the Alcan Highway. In my view, any accessory that invites and supports a broader use of the Corvette lives on my Friends page. So while I’m emphatically not into fuzzy dice, spoilers and window tinting, I am into these items: 40 AmericanCarCollector.com n my dreams, I’m driving a ’67 Corvette roadster through Panamint Valley in eastern California, halfway between the gritty mining town of Trona and sintering Death Valley. It’s winter, and the sun’s southern azimuth throws long shadows on the coarse pavement and parched desert. My ’Vette’s running the rear fascia, it means you’re on a trip with friends. And that’s good. Mid America Motorworks offers Corvette-specific antenna systems for the C4 for $170, and kits for the C5 and C6 for $180. Eckler’s Corvette adds a C2 antenna kit for $180. Any time you can get a Corvette- specific accessory such as these kits, I’m a fan. It means you don’t have to try to engineer it to work yourself, like you would with a universal system. Just install and go. Luggage rack Now to my favorite subject — the prospect of packing an old American Tourister suitcase and hitting the road. Only problem is, it won’t fit under a midyear’s rear deck with the convertible top stowed. Enter the Buz-and-Tod-approved trunk rack. Zip Corvette has stainless-steel and chrome racks for C3 Corvettes for $200–$235, as well as T-top luggage-carrier brackets for $170. Corvette America, Eckler’s and Mid America Motorworks follow suit in the same price range. But I’m still looking for a rack for the prodigal Route 66 C1 or C2 — and a surfboard rack, too! Air conditioning It’ll blow open the world of travel possibilities if you can just close the windows and motor down the road in the heat. Vintage Air’s Surefit systems promise a whole new world of Corvette adventuring for C1, C2 and 1968–76 C3 models at $1,395 per kit. The systems use ozone-safe R134a refrigerant, and the company says installation takes about two days.


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Winter tires Long ago in Michigan, I discovered that a C4 was useless in the snow with stock rubber — and then I experienced winter tires transform it into a viable driver. Tire Rack has a wide assortment of winter treads for the C4 (from $488 for a set of General Altimax Arctics to $928 for Michelin Primacy Alpin PA3 ZPs). Also, Michelin offers Pilot Alpin PA4 winter tires sized for the C6 that cost $359 for each front tire and $521 for each rear — $1,760 per set. Pirelli likewise lists a range of Winter Sottozero Serie II tires — including some run-flats — sized to fit Corvette C4, C5 and C6 models. Security systems Unfortunately, your ’Vette is a target when you’re on the road and can’t tuck it inside at night. While not Corvette-specific, Viper security systems offer state-of-the-art features such as smartphone integration and GPS tracking for $240 to $400 and up. Similar Python systems range from $240 to $300. For earlier carbureted Corvettes, a clever combination of hidden electrical and fuel shutoffs, along with a steering wheel/ brake pedal lock, motion detector and even a pager system, can help foil theft attempts. You may not be able to stop a determined thief, but you can slow them down, and a lot of times that’s enough to make them change their mind and move on. Earplugs How’s your hearing in a noisy restaurant? If you’re like many longtime car guys, maybe not so good, thanks to long-term effects of shop tools, engine and wind noise. Various custom ear molds, ranging from $118 to $175 from the Ear Plug Superstore and other companies, allow normal conversation while protecting against loud noises. And for just $5 to $10 per box, Super Leight foam earplugs claim an impressive 33-decibel reduction. For a top-down bike-hauling trip into Death Valley, that’s what I’m going to be wearing. These items may not be the the first thing you consider when thinking about your car’s market value — they certainly won’t make it worth considerably more to the next owner. But Corvettes are a lot more capable than you probably think, and depending on how you use your car, each of these items will make your experience a little better out on the highway. In my book, there’s a lot of value in that. A Resources Corvette America 800-458-3475 www.corvetteamerica.com Ear Plug Superstore 918-478-5500 www.earplugsuperstore.com Eckler’s Corvette 800-284-3906 www.ecklerscorvette.com Mid America Motorworks 800-500-1500 www.mamotorworks.com Suspension Connection 800-903-2760 www.suspensionconnection.com Python www.pythoncarsecurity.com Tire Rack 888-541-1777 www.tirerack.com Vintage Air 800-862-6658 www.vintageair.com Viper www.viper.com November-December 2013 41


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PROFILE CORVETTE 1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE L88 CONVERTIBLE The baddest RPO around John Hollansworth Jr., courtesy of Mecum Auctions The L88 was Corvette’s race-spec option — the kind of thing you ordered to go 200 mph VIN: 194678S419379 by Michael Pierce • One of 80 built, with fewer than half as convertibles • No-hit body restored by the Naber Brothers of Houston • After its frame-off nut-and-bolt restoration, this 16,000-mile L88 received the honor of being Bloomington Gold Certified and invited to many Bloomington Gold Special Collections • Retains its “born-with” original motor • The only black L88 convertible known from all three years of production with its OEM original engine • Al Grenning of CCAS has certified the engine to be original to the car • Finished as-original in Tuxedo Black and still retains its original black leather seats and mostly original interior • Documented with the Protect-O-Plate, original order sheet, dealer invoice and title application • Options on the NCRS-authenticated original documents are full transistorized ignition, 3.70 Positraction, M22 4-speed transmission, white soft top, tinted glass, F41 suspension, J56 heavy-duty brakes and N11 off-road exhaust ACC Analysis This car, Lot S158, sold for 42 AmericanCarCollector.com 42 AmericanCarCollector.com $856,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at the Mecum Monterey auction in Monterey, CA, on August 17, 2013. From production line to pole position Few options stand out in the domestic performance automotive world as clearly as Corvette’s L88, offered from 1967 to ’69. It was Corvette’s top-dog race-spec option — the kind of thing you ordered if you wanted to hit 200 mph flat out or run 10s in the quarter mile. And you could get it directly from your friendly local Chevrolet dealer — provided you knew the package existed. Only 216 Corvettes were built as L88s out of 91,000 units produced from 1967 to ’69. Twenty were ordered in 1967, 80 in 1968, and 116 in 1969. The heart of the beast was a hand-built 427 big block with four-bolt main-bearing caps, aluminum heads, large valves (2.19 intake and 1.84 exhaust), a high-lift cam with solid lifters, 12.5:1 slugs, HD springs, and a Holley 850 double-pumper carburetor. You couldn’t get a radio, heater, choke or fan shroud, but you had to order and pay for J50 vacuum power brakes, the J56 special master cylinder with a proportioning valve and dual-pin calipers, F41 HD suspension, M22 Muncie rock-crusher 4-speed, G81 Positraction rear end and K66 transistor ignition. And speaking of paying, at $948 in ’67 and ’68 and $1,032 in ’69, the L88 was the most expensive available option on the order sheet. It cost almost a quarter of the price of a base car.


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ACC Digital Bonus Intentionally underrated The L88 wasn’t advertised as being the monster it truly was. According to dealer literature, the highest horsepower available on paper was the Tri-Power L71 solid-lifter motor, which put out a reported 435 horsepower. The L88, on the other hand, was rated at only 430 horsepower despite actually putting out close to 560 horsepower. How did GM get away with that? Simple. By rating the engine at well under its peak power RPM on the dyno. That lower rating helped keep these race-bred beasts out of the hands of inexperienced drivers — especially the ones who wandered into their local Chevy dealer looking for the hottest thing available for street use. Those guys ended up with slightly more user-friendly L71 427/435s. And it was for the best, as the L88 didn’t like being treated as a driver. These cars all required a minimum of 102 octane leaded gas and were totally impractical on the street. The lack of a fan shroud gave them a nasty habit of overheating, no choke meant rough cold starts, and the lack of a radio or heater limited comfort. In-town cruising wasn’t part of the vision; street and track racing were. On the track, these cars really shined. A ’67 L88 coupe made 186 mph at Daytona in 1970, and other versions achieved 10.82 ETs at 156 mph in quartermile drag competition. Those are impressive numbers for factory-delivered C2 and C3 Corvettes. Cubic dollars When documented, original ’67 L88s sell, they bring big money. The only known original-motor ’67 convertible was purchased about 10 years ago for $550,000 in a private sale. It was recently sold to a group of investors for around $4m. The maroon sidepipe ’67 convertible that sold at Mecum Dallas in early September for $3.4m is the latest example of supply and demand. But those cars are top of the hill in the world of L88s. The later cars, like our profile car, aren’t quite as scarce. But they’re still rare and expensive, especially when they have good documentation. Rumbling L88 market This black L88 convertible had just 16,000 miles on the clock when it was sold for $856,000. Noted musclecar collector Chris Piscitello of Texas was the seller. It had its original engine and had been restored by the renowned Nabers Brothers restoration shop. This car’s paperwork was second to none. It included the car’s original shipping record and the dealer’s order copy, the original Protect-O-Plate, the owner’s manual, its Bloomington Gold Award Certificate, the first owner’s original registration, the original dealer’s retail order, its Blooming Gold L88 Invasion certificate, Al Grenning’s CCAS letter of authenticity, and an NCRS Document Validation Service letter confirming that the build order copies submitted for comparison to official GM shipping data records were original. Within a day of this sale, Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach auction sold another L88 coupe. This was a 1969 model, complete with its original sidepipes. It also had its original engine and drivetrain and happened to be a 1971 AHRA quarter-mile world record holder. Offered as Gooding Lot 29, it sold for $726,000 (ACC# 227440). Follow the leader Ultra-rare first-year ’67 L88s have seen exponential increases in value lately. At ACC’s Corvette Market seminar at Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale this past January, I spoke about the private sale of the red, 12-mile ’67 L88 from Roger Judski’s collection to a buyer in Illinois. That car sold for well over $1m. In August, a ’67 Lynndale L88 sold for $2m in another private deal, and was resold only days later for $3m to new owners in Washington. And then, on the first Saturday in September, that maroon ’67 L88 made $3.4m at the Mecum auction in Dallas. Lately, the ’68 and ’69 L88s have been tracking very close to one-third the value of comparable ’67s, coupe or convertible. Chalk that up to the ’67 mystique, because the option package and specifications are almost identical. Regardless, the ’68 and ’69 sharks are being bootstrapped by the ’67 sales. And it all makes sense. Think about the traits that make some cars special and valuable investments for collectors: factory equipped with the highest-performance options, best colors, convertible tops, big tanks, HD brakes, original condition, great paperwork and race history. An L88, especially our subject car, fills out most of these squares. So, at the end of the day, while this car was expen- sive, I still think it was bought well. If the best early cars continue to rise in value — and it looks like that’s what’s going on — these will, too. A (Introductory description courtesy of Mecum Auctions.) November-December 2013 43CC 43 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 convertible Gooding & Co., Scottsdale, AZ, 1/19/2013 ACC# 214797 Lot 128, VIN: 194679S721263 Condition: 3 Sold at $825,000 1968 Chevrolet Corvette L88 convertible (subject car) Lot F200, VIN: 194678S419379 Condition: 2 Not sold at $625,000 Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 5/18/2013 ACC# 216625 Detailing Years produced: 1967–69 Number produced: 216 total (20 in 1967, 80 in 1968, 116 in 1969) Original list price: $6,305.35 Current ACC Valuation: $420k–$850k Tune-up: $1,000 Distributor cap: $350 (OEM) VIN: Stamped into frame on driver’s side rear and sill Engine #: Stamped on engine pad in front of right-hand head Club: National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS), Bloomington Gold More: www.ncrs.org, www. bloomingtongold.com Alternatives: 1963–65 Shelby Cobra 289, 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda, 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 ACC Investment Grade: A Comps 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 coupe Lot 29, VIN: 194379S736254 Condition: 2+ Sold at $726,000 Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 8/18/2013 ACC# 227440


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PROFILE GM 1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS L89 High-performance Camaro duel... Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Very few buyers checked the box for the L89 aluminum heads, and that makes the package rare today by Dale Novak 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS L89 VIN: 124379N593096; sold by Barrett-Jackson • Undocumented L89 aluminum heads • This rare Super Sport Camaro is an X66-code, non-trim big block finished in original color combo of Code 71 LeMans Blue exterior with Parchment interior and vinyl top • Meticulous rebuild of the entire drivetrain; over 500 hours spent on the show-quality body and paint • All components are date-code-correct 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS L89 VIN: 124379L501175; sold by Gooding & Company • One of only 311 L89 Camaros built in 1969 • Delivered new to Ventura, CA • Vivid Rallye Green and white color combination • Equipped with rare factory options • Exacting high-point restoration • Offered with GM Protect-O-Plate ACC Analysis Here’s something you don’t see every day: This past August, two rare L89 Camaros came up for auction — one at Barrett-Jackson’s inaugural Reno sale, and one at Gooding’s long-standing Pebble Beach auction. Each sold for $110,000, including buyer’s premiums, and both cars sold at no reserve — a near perfect side-byside comparison opportunity. Editor Pickering knows I can’t avoid this sort of thing, so let’s get to it. Which L89 was the better buy? Big blocks on a diet First, a little background. There were two versions of the big-block 396-ci 375-hp engines offered for the 1969 Camaro: the L78 and the L89. The L78 used standard cast-iron cylinder heads, while the L89 44 AmericanCarCollector.com 44 AmericanCarCollector.com featured aluminum units. Just 311 of the lighter L89s were made, compared with 4,889 L78s. While the L89s aluminum heads didn’t increase horsepower above the L78, those heads did shave about 50 pounds of curb weight off the car’s nose, and that was an important factor for hardcore racers. The option was expensive in 1969 — $710.95 — more than double the price of the L78 option. But given that there was no change in horsepower, very few buyers checked the box for the aluminum heads, and that makes the package rare today. Line ’em up Let’s get one thing out of the way first: Both of these cars were in great condition. Both were reported to have had recent nut-and-bolt restorations to concours levels, and the auction photos supported those claims. If we’re just looking at condition, it’s anyone’s game. The most notable difference between the two cars? The LeMans Blue Camaro sold by Barrett-Jackson is an SS model, while the Rallye Green L89 sold by Gooding & Company is an RS/SS. This is an important distinction, since the RS option brings the rarity factor on the green car up a few notches. The blue SS This car, Lot 699.2, sold for $110,000, including buyer’s premium, at Barrett-Jackson’s Reno Tahoe sale on August 10, 2013. This car was nicely optioned, but not overly so, which is what you would expect given the weaponsgrade package. Options included the 396/375 L89, M21 transmission, 4.10 Positraction axle, power disc brakes, A.I.R. smog equipment, AM push-button radio, steel wheels wrapped in period Polyglas tires, and T3 headlights. This car was finished in popular LeMans Blue over


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ACC Digital Bonus 1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS/SS L89 Which was the better buy? Mike Maez, courtesy of Gooding & Company an equally impressive Parchment interior. The car was reported to have been restored to the original colors as delineated on the cowl tag. The restoration also included tracking down several new old stock (NOS) parts to keep the car as pure as possible. These included a correct engine block, ultra-rare aluminum heads, alternator, distributor, cooling fan and the dual-feed Holley carburetor. The car also included the usually missing-in-action A.I.R smog equipment, which was typically tossed by original owners on day two. The car certainly looks to be a turn-key trailer queen and ready for the national stage. The green RS/SS This car, Lot 23, sold for $110,000, including buyer’s premium, at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach sale on August 17, 2013. L89s are rare enough already. Couple that with the additional Rally Sport option, and you get an infinitely rare L89. Why? Because most SS 396/375 Camaros were sparse in regards to creature comforts. Buyers who wanted L89 aluminum heads didn’t care about niceties such as a center console or power-robbing accessories. Makes sense, as most buyers opting for a street terror or track-ready machine didn’t want any commuter-car trinkets. But this car was topped off with options. Tons of them — including items such as a Rosewood steering wheel, houndstooth interior, console, power steering (ultra rare and typically not allowed on an SS L89 build), power brakes, Endura bumper, and the marriage of the Rally Sport and Super Sport (RS/SS) packages. It’s probably safe to assume that the original buyer of this car in 1969 was a well-heeled gentleman who wanted a Camaro that not only presented in high style, but that would shred the skinny Polyglas tires to bits. Mission accomplished. Cowl tags, X-codes and Protect-O-Plates When it comes to muscle-car values, it always boils down to one thing: documentation. And while these cars both looked great, when it came to history, they were on different levels. The Barrett-Jackson blue SS didn’t have documentation support- ing the originality of its L89 package, and Barrett-Jackson and the consignor were both very up-front about that. It was even included in the very first line of the descriptive text. The consignor made it clear that the only supporting item was an X66 code on the trim tag, which November-December 2013 45CC 45


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PROFILE GM Detailing Years produced: 1968–69 Number produced: 311 (1969) Original list price: $3,733 Current ACC Valuation: $42k–$65k Tune-up cost: $300 Distributor cap: $25 (NOS originals can be up to $200) Engine #: Stamped on passenger’s side front of block, below cylinder head VIN: On plate at base of windshield Club: American Camaro Association delineates the factory build as an original SS 396. The Gooding & Company green RS/SS was a California-built car, which utilized a slightly different cowl tag configuration that does not include an X66 code. As such, documentation was even more vital to verify this car’s original build. And it had it. Docs on the green car included information as to where it sold originally, with regards to the gentleman who first purchased it in December of 1968. This came in the form of the original General Motors Protect-OPlate. GM, as part of the factory warranty on new cars, provided these small metal plates to owners. Each featured the car owner’s name and address, affixed to the plate using a Dymo-type stamped plastic adhesive strip. These plates can be decoded to specify the original build with information about components such as the engine, carburetor, transmission, and rear axle. Better yet, P.O.Ps also contained factory-installed options and the month of manufacture. These vital and often missing plates are highly desirable, especially for a car as rare as an original RS/SS L89 Camaro. And the winner is... I don’t think either buyer got hurt here, and I think both sellers should be pleased as well. I would have preferred to see more documentation for the LeMans Blue Camaro — I’m sure that was a deal-breaker for some buyers, as the X-code doesn’t really tell the whole story. But given the total of the information, presentation and selling price, it’s safe to assume that the buyer of the blue car felt that its condition and overall appeal ranked high. Given the cost of the restoration and abundance of NOS parts used in the build, he may not be all that far off. From our comps in the ACC database, other L89s (with and without documentation) have sold in the same price range, so the blue car’s buyer, being fully aware of the lack of documentation, put his big-boy pants on and wrote the check. Not a bad deal, all things considered. The Gooding & Company Camaro had an estimate ($160,000 to $180,000) well north of the final selling price and although that seemed over the top, it may not have been out of line given how rare the car likely is. Then again, from a presentation point of view, you could drag on the green car a bit, as greens are not as desirable today as reds, blues or black. But for a car like this green one, originality is paramount over doing a color change to help boost current market interest, so kudos to the previous owner for restoring the car as built in 1969, even if he was tempted to go with another color. Time to call it. While I believe the buyer of the LeMans Blue L89 Camaro purchased a very well-done machine — done right by all regards — its documentation can’t hold a candle to the green RS/SS’s ProtectO-Plate. That’s way better than an X-code in my book, and for the same money, the Gooding & Company car is the clear winner. A (Introductory descriptions courtesy of Barrett- Jackson and Gooding & Company.) 1969 Chevrolet Camaro L89 side-by-side comparison Scale of 0–5, 5 being the best 1969 Chevrolet SS Camaro L89 1969 Chevrolet RS/SS Camaro L89 Barrett-Jackson Lot 699.2, Reno, NV Overall condition Options Documentation Date-coded correct Transmission selection Color combination Exterior appeal Interior appeal Known history Overall (NOS) originality Total score (0–50) 46 AmericanCarCollector.com 44 AmericanCarCollector.com 5 3 0 4 4 4 4 4 1 4 33 Scoring based on auction company descriptions and detailed photos. Both cars sold at no reserve. Gooding & Company Lot 23, Pebble Beach, CA 5 5 2 4 4 3 3 5 3 4 38 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS 396 L89 Lot S118, VIN: 124379N525733 Condition: 2+ Not sold at $97,000 Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 1/24/2008 ACC# 48838 More: www.americancamaro. org Alternatives: 1969 Ford Mustang 428 SCJ, 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T 440/6, 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge Ram Air III ACC investment grade: B Comps 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS 396 L89 Lot 566, VIN: 124379N622059 Condition: 1Sold at $95,000 Silver Auctions, Reno, NV, 8/5/2010 ACC# 166331 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS 396 L89 Lot U75, VIN: 124379N635332 Condition: 2+ Not sold at $90,000 Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 5/13/2009 ACC# 120645


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PROFILE FOMOCO Ford’s would-be Corvette killer 1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD E-CODE In terms of bang for your buck, this E-code has it over a dual-quad Corvette VIN: E7FH173594 by Patrick Smith variant, producing 270 horsepower through a modified Holley dual 4-barrel setup borrowed from the 1956 Lincoln. 21,380 examples rolled off the production line that year, and just 977 were produced with the vaunted E-code option. This Thunderbird is the recipient of a high-quality F 48 AmericanCarCollector.com 48 AmericanCarCollector.com two-year restoration in the late 1990s. Attesting to the quality of the restoration, it received an AACA National Senior First Prize and a Grand National First Prize in 2000. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 256, sold for $74,250, including buyer’s pre- mium, at the RM auction in Monterey, CA, on August 17, 2013. The T-bird is an American icon, and the ’57 is argu- ably the best of the first-gen bunch. It was the hottest looking two-seater made during a time when Ford was kicking Chevrolet’s can in sales and on the track. And on top of that, 1957 was a great year for Ford engines. From the basic 312 Thunderbird Special to the ord introduced its 1957 models on October 1, 1956. In addition to the new-for-1957 styling, the big news that really caught buyers’ attention was a choice of four powerplants. Among them was the optional 312-ci E-code sensational McCulloch supercharged F-code V8, by the time 1957 rolled around, the little bird had grown a large wingspan and was able to clip the Corvette. But that performance didn’t last long. Beginning of the end When the T-bird appeared in 1955, it immediately stole Corvette’s sales. It had a V8 (compared with the Corvette’s six), was better built, easier to live with thanks to roll-up windows and exterior door handles, and was both faster and cheaper than the Chevy. But Chevrolet was serious about race competition with their new V8 engine, and that engine quickly turned Corvette from a tourer into a legitimate sports car. Ford’s race program was a mere shadow of Chevrolet’s, but the challenge from GM didn’t go unanswered: The E-code T-bird was a response to Chevrolet’s dual-quad 283, while the supercharged F-code was meant to take on the fuel-injected Corvette. Corvette gained a lot of performance ground in 1957, and it became clear to Ford that they had to choose between sales and the winner’s circle — and there was more money to be made by developing the T-bird’s luxury-car persona rather than chasing Chevrolet’s sports roadster. Randy McCall ©2013, courtesy of RM Auctions


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ACC Digital Bonus On top of that, the factory per- formance landscape was changing. The AMA ban on racing came from a meeting in February 1957, suggested by GM president Harlow “Red” Curtice as a means to save money and prevent manufacturers from drawing heat on themselves from safety critics. Although the race ban crimped Ford’s factorybacked race victories for years, the T-bird’s fate was sealed months before by a marketing decision to make the car a four-seater for 1958. Hot parts, hot performance For a while, the E-code was one of the best available combinations of sports car and luxury car. With dual Holley 4-barrels mounted on a 312 V8, it pumped out 270 horsepower, and that was good for 0–60 mph dashes in nine seconds. It could cover the quarter mile in the 16-second range at 100 mph. When the AMA race ban went into effect, Ford wanted out of the race business, and they were quick to clean house and push out the rest of the performance parts designed for the task. The majority of the 1,449 E-code engines were assembled and installed very late in the year. The last’57 T-bird made was an E-code on December 13, 1957. Dealers were instructed by memo not to charge extra for the option, and invoices were marked “NC.” This performance-engine giveaway seems to have started in November. Prior to the no-charge status, an E-code V8 was $151.35 with a standard transmission. Even at full price, it was a deal compared with the alternatives available in 1957 with the same kind of eyeball and power. This wasn’t just a pair of carbs and an intake. The E-code was a package with a lot of special parts. The intake valley pan was deeper, and the linkage, fuel lines, heads, fuel filter, air cleaner and distributor were all E-code specific. It was an early example of what was to come from Detroit during the 1960s. Another bonus for T-bird fans was the addition of a hotter supercharger camshaft to the dual quads, bumping the power up to 285 horses. Many of these ended up in the latter E-code production cars. One built as late as December 9 came with the supercharger camshaft. Swinging numbers Pricing on these cars has been interesting. The E-code Thunderbird’s values have been like a scary roller-coaster ride. They were strong in 2006, averaging around $80k before peaking in 2010 at just above $100k. Then came a crash down to the mid-$60k range. Our example, sold at $74,250, is a strong sale if you compare it with other T-bird sales from the past three years. But over the past year or two, these cars have rebounded in popularity, with notable sales in the mid $70k range. When a superb, no-excuses car comes on the market now, it can crack $100,000 with ease. That makes this deal look pretty reasonable. And if you compare it with other period icons such as ’57 Corvettes and Bel Airs, this price starts to look even better. Even a hard-top Bel Air generally clears $100,000 in this market with the right options, and a ’57 Corvette dual-quad will pretty much always go for more money than a dual-quad T-bird, condition being equal. In terms of bang for your buck, the E-code has it over the Chevys. That said, little birds aren’t for everyone. The steer- ing wheel is large and space is at a premium inside. You need to be svelte to drive one comfortably, and they can be stuffy inside during warm weather. History equals value Then there’s the matter of documentation. All 1957s were produced before the mandatory partial-VINon-engine-block era, so “numbers matching” can be a misleading term. The dual-quad 312 shares the same casting number with the base engine, so without dealer paperwork or some kind of record, verifying a genuine E-code T-bird takes time. This is where provenance plays an important role. Who owned the car and how much of its past is documented goes a long way toward establishing a proper value. And that’s where our subject car’s multiple show awards come into play. Considering this car’s unique mix of high-perfor- mance engineering and comfort, its rarity, and its history as a concours winner, I don’t think there’s any denying that it was a fantastic buy. Now all it needs is to be driven.A (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.) November-December 2013 49CC 49 1957 Ford Thunderbird E-code convertible Lot 454, VIN: E7FH243584 Condition: 2+ Sold at $76,450 Leake Auctions, Oklahoma City, OK, 2/23/2013 ACC# 215331 1957 Ford Thunderbird convertible Lot 101, VIN: D7FH140526 Condition: 3 Sold at $85,250 Detailing Year produced: 1957 Number produced: 21,380 (total) 977 (E-code) Original list price: $3,350 Current ACC Valuation: $48k–$64k Tune-up/major service: $170 Distributor cap: $11.59 VIN: Metal tag on left door body pillar Engine #: Casting number on side of block above oil filter Club: Vintage Thunderbird Club International Alternatives: 1957 Chevrolet Corvette, 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air, 1958 Plymouth Fury Golden Commando ACC Investment Grade: C Comps RM Auctions, Fort Worth, TX, 4/27/2013 ACC# 216084 1957 Ford Thunderbird E-code convertible Lot 470, VIN: E7FH395594 Condition: 1Sold at $107,625 Hollywood Wheels, West Palm Beach, FL, 3/24/2013 ACC# 215887


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PROFILE MOPAR 1969 DODGE SUPER BEE Super bad and super affordable Courtesy of Auctions America The fun factor outweighs the collectibility factor here, and there’s a lot of value in that VIN: WM21H9G196387 by Tom Glatch • 447-cid, 520-hp V8 engine • 4-speed manual transmission • Fresh restoration by car’s third owner • Ramcharger lift-off hood with display stands • Performance upgrades Performance solid-lifter cam and adjustable rockers and 452 heads. Completely rebuilt in 2002, the engine has been dyno-tested at 520 hp. Finished in Jade Green, it has the Ramcharger T 50 AmericanCarCollector.com 50 AmericanCarCollector.com lift-off hood with display stands. The undercarriage has been extensively powder coated, the brake lines are stainless steel, and it has a 1¼-inch sway bar and polyurethane bushings. The 4-speed transmission has a pistol-grip shifter, and the rear axle is a 4.11 limitedslip unit. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 3151, sold for $22,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at the Auctions America Auburn Fall auction in Auburn, IN, on August 31, 2013. I consider myself a muscle-car purist. For me, the best car is one that has been preserved in its factory-delivered, unmolested state. Sure, it may have his 1969 Super Bee was treated to a fresh restoration by its third owners, Jerry and Rickie Lane, along with significant engine upgrades. It has a 447-cid RB block, 10:1 Mopar Performance pistons, Mopar developed a nice patina over the years, but as far as I’m concerned, you can’t duplicate original condition. Next best is a properly restored vehicle, with factorycorrect finishes and OEM parts where possible. Customized cars tend to make me cringe. Then again, proper restorations are very expensive, and not every car on the planet, not even a late-’60s muscle machine, is deserving of one. Born a base-level Bee The Super Bee was a mid-1968-model-year addition to the Dodge lineup. It was Dodge’s reaction to the runaway success of Plymouth’s Road Runner, and other than the Coronet sheet metal and a few interior pieces, it was almost identical in every way. Its name came from Chrysler’s internal designation for their mid-size cars: “B” bodies. The Dodge was only available as a post coupe with pop-out rear windows in 1968, but the next year a hard-top model was added. Post coupes appealed primarily to racers, as the bodies of these cars were more rigid with those fixed posts behind each of the doors. But when the more attractive hard top became available in ’69, it proved to be a hugely popular option with buyers. The VIN on our featured Super Bee tells the story. It’s one of those unloved ’69 coupes — just 8,202 were built out of a total of 26,563 Super Bees that year. Built on the St. Louis assembly line, it was equipped


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ACC Digital Bonus with the base 335-hp 383 4-bbl engine. A nice car at , but nothing extraordinary, and not the most e of the lot today. learly, this car isn’t stock anymore. But that’s d thing. estore or modify? fledged factory-level restoration on one of rs would make sense had it been one of the irable models, such as a Hemi car or A12 Six 0. Both of those are muscle-car legends. On t, the Six Pack cars were actually faster and tter behaved than the Hemis, and today a topnotch restoration of one can sell for not much less than the legendary 426 “Elephant.” Case-in-point, Barrett-Jackson sold an A12 ’Bee for $216,000 at its Scottsdale sale in pre-recession 2006 (ACC# 40393). While today’s more-realistic price might be less than half that, restoring one of those is still a worthwhile investment. But a base-engine Super Bee coupe? A lot of these cars were built, and while they re fun to own and drive, the math just doesn’t . The rule of thumb is this: If the restored car isn’t worth all that much to begin with, the owner simply will never get his money out of the restoration. In this case, you might get $30k–$35k for a base Super Bee once it’s perly restored, and you’ll spend that much or r the restoration to get you there. or go, not show ile customized cars tend to turn me off, this e sense, and here’s why: Powder-coating parts is much easier than duplicating factory finishes and markings; a modern two-part paint job is less time consuming than correct acrylic enamel paint and gives glossier and more durable results; and a bored and built 440 Six Pack, while hardly inexpensive, is a lot easier to come by than an engine built completely out of correct components and castings with the proper date codes. All that rolls into a package that looks, feels, sounds and performs differently than a factory resto, but in this case, the finished product will run circles around an original. This is a car you can actually use without fear of anything other than your fuel bill and the local sheriff. And here’s the real clincher: Typically, it costs a lot less to complete a car this way. So the end result is a lot more fun for the dollar, assuming the seller went into the project knowing he’d be passing those savings on when it came time to sell. This modified Super Bee looks great top and bot- tom, even if the finishes are not factory-correct. And that 520-hp mill under the hood will devour a stock street Hemi or A12 at will. The fun factor clearly outweighs the collectibility factor here, and there’s a lot of value in that. I may be a purist, but there’s an old saying in the aircraft business: “If it looks right, it is right.” This 1969 Super Bee certainly looks right, and with 520 hp and other upgrades, it goes right. And at $22,000, it’s priced right, too. Well bought. A (Introductory description courtesy of Auctions America.) 1968 Dodge Super Bee Lot 51, VIN: WM21H8A340145 Condition: 3+ Not sold at $39,500 Specialty Auto Auctions, Sioux Falls, SD, 6/12/2010 ACC# 165513 1969 Dodge Super Bee Lot 503T, VIN: WM23H9G270874 Condition: 3 Sold at $15,500 VanDerBrink Auctions, Adams, ND, 6/11/2011 ACC# 179505 Detailing Years produced: 1968–71 Number produced: 26,563 (1969) Original list price: $3,076 Current ACC Valuation: $20,000–$100,000 (depending on options) Tune-up/major service: $150 Distributor cap: $22.58 Chassis #: VIN plate on the driver’s side instrument panel behind windshield Club: Walter P. Chrysler Club More: www.chryslerclub.org Alternatives: 1969 Plymouth Road Runner and GTX, 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge, 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396. ACC Investment Grade: C Comps Engine #: Pad on the right side of the block to the rear of the engine mount 1969 Dodge Super Bee Lot F107, VIN: WM21H9A253849 Condition: 3+ Not sold at $26,000 Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 12/1/2011 ACC# 190184 November-December 2013 November-December 2013 51


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PROFILE HOT ROD & CUSTOM 1936 FORD MODEL 48 ROADSTER Lost in time, and price Pawel Litwinski, courtesy of Bonhams This roadster has a nice stance, but most of its history is gone, and with that, much of its net worth VIN: 182559060 by Ken Gross • A period all-steel Ford hot rod • Well-known car from the Pacific Northwest hot-rod scene • Striking color combination of Cadillac Ivory over dark green • Beautifully presented throughout • A usable hot rod for cruise nights or local shows ACC Analysis This car, Lot 145, sold for $68,200, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Bonhams’ Quail Lodge Auction in Carmel, CA, on August 26, 2013. Better the second time Ford Motor Company cleaned up and mildly modernized its 1935 designs for the 1936 model year. The bodies stayed basically the same, but the front end for the’36 was redesigned, the hood louvers were reshaped to be more efficient, and the rear fenders were slightly altered. The Type 710 DeLuxe roadster, the least-expensive car in the Ford lineup, was $560 new. If you wanted better weather protection than flimsy canvas snap-on side windows, Ford offered a snug cabriolet with roll-up windows for $625. I’ve always thought that the ’36 Ford is that rare example of a second-year model that’s arguably 52 AmericanCarCollector.com better-looking than the company’s first try. Phil Wright, who designed the Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow and worked for Ralph Roberts under John Tjaarda at Briggs Manufacturing, penned the ’35 Ford. Holden Koto, another Tjaarda staffer, updated the car for 1936. Interestingly, Eugene T. “Bob” Gregorie, who ran Ford’s design department under Edsel Ford, did not have a hand in the ’36. He was busy with Mr. Ford’s rakish “Continental Speedster” at the time. Gregorie later told author Henry Dominguez, “You can see Edsel’s influence in the ’35 and ’36 Fords. They have a Bentley look and Edsel liked the design of the Bentley.” There’s not much overt visual difference between ’35 and ’36 Fords, but the ’36’s handsome wrap-around grille, with vertical bars, is attractive, and the old-style external horns were now hidden behind discreet little covers, updating the newer car considerably. Cut ’em up Period hot-rodders and customizers loved Ford’s ’36 roadster. At 2,561 pounds, it was light enough to benefit from a hot flathead. Lowered, with skirts and teardrop taillights and the external spare-tire mount shaved, which is what most guys did, the ’36’s inherently clean lines were made even better.


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ACC Digital Bonus Serious customizers leaded in faired ’40 Chevy headlights, built an insert rear license plate, installed vertical LaSalle grilles, fabbed solid hood sides, and finished things off with ribbed ’38 DeSoto or later ’41 Ford bumpers. Famed Northern California customizer Harry Westergard set the tone for slick ’36s, and many people copied his examples. The ’36 roadster looked especially nice with a two- to threeinch chopped Carson-style padded top. This roadster was reportedly customized in the ’50s in Washington state, and a period black-and-white photo in the auction catalog of this car back in the day got me thinking. Shot from a low angle from the rear, showing the insert license, a “Dragons” hot-rod club plaque from the Western Washington Timing Association, with a chopped padded top, low-mounted ’39 Ford teardrops, a covered gas-filler cap, and 16-inch wide whites with flipper-bar hubcaps, the car resembled custom ’36s I’d admired in Rod & Custom magazine nearly 60 years ago. Unwelcome changes If you review the scant history in Bonhams’ catalog, and study the single vintage photo, this ’36 looks to be a very desirable car. But over the years, as so often happens, things changed. Start in back: The insert license plate, a great ’40s- era touch, is gone. So is the original-style white padded top. Under the hood lurks a now-ubiquitous 350-ci Chevy V8 with triple Rochester carbs, backed by an unspecified 3-speed automatic and a column shift. The Ford solid axle is gone, replaced by an IFS — perhaps Mustang or Heidt, with disc brakes — and that’s okay, but it’s not the real deal. Thankfully, the neatly fitted ’40 Ford dash was retained and painted to match, and there’s a black-and-cream ’53 Ford Crestliner steering wheel, along with old-style pleated seats and door panels in green leatherette. This roadster has a nice stance, a bit lower in front than in the rear, which is desirable, and its overall appearance is pleasing. But sadly, most of this car’s Detailing Year produced: 1936 Number produced: 3,862 Original list price: $560 Current ACC Valuation: $55k–$100k (depending on build quality, history and condition) Tune-up/major service: $200 VIN: Stamped on top of driver’s side frame rail Engine #: Stamped on pad on right front of block, below cylinder head Clubs: Goodguys, National Street Rod Association (NSRA), Early Ford V-8 Club of America More: www.good-guys.com, www.nsra-usa.com Alternatives: 1934 Ford roadster, 1935 Ford roadster, 1940 Ford roadster ACC Investment Grade: C old mechanical and physical history is gone, and with that, much of its current net worth. Ford built just 3,862 DeLuxe roadsters in 1936; who knows how many remain? There was a lovely Dearborn Award-winning example offered in Hemmings Motor News recently for $75,000. I’ve seen them even higher. If you wanted to replicate this car, you’d have to spend at least $60k for a decent starting point, and then add the three-carb small-block, the suspension updates, a set of 15-inch steelies, etc., so you’d pay much more than the car’s $68,200 hammer price, right? Back to the future I’d have been tempted to buy this car, yank the Chevy, and sell it and the tranny, build a stout flathead, swap a dropped axle and reverse-eye springs for the IFS, redo the top and the license insert, and have something closer to a car that could have been built half a century ago. The revenue from those unwanted pieces could help offset the cost of the refit. Today, historic hot rods and custom cars are often worth more than stockers or later hot-rod builds. Mecum sold the historic ex-Jack Calori ’36 Ford 3-window, a Hot Rod magazine cover car, for $318k last year (ACC# 213968), and the ex-Tom McMullen ’32 roadster for $742k at the same sale (ACC# 213966). Admittedly, this ’36’s history is a bit more obscure, but I reckon the price would have been higher had it been offered closer to the way it was first built. This would be especially true if more history than one old photo had been available. The money was in the room — Bonhams sold the historic ex-Walker Morrison ’32 Ford roadster in the same sale for $242k. Bottom line: If you want a cruiser with a reliable V8 and an automatic, this was a decent deal, made even better because of the car’s “history.” But for purists, it’s a shame when a great old hot rod gets updated and its provenance is lost. I’d say it was fairly sold and fairly bought. And I’m still looking for a cool period ’36. A (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) November-December 2013 53 Comps Lot 157, VIN: SWO8036PA Condition: 3+ Sold at $90,750 1932 Ford Model B “Golden Rod” RM Auctions, Amelia Island, FL, 3/9/2013 ACC# 215680 1936 Ford Model 68 Custom Lot 804, VIN: 18316177 Condition: 1Sold at $118,250 RM Auctions, Hampton, NH, 6/9/2012 ACC# 201847 1936 Ford Model 68 Jack Calori coupe Lot S116, VIN: 182636987 Condition: 1Sold at $318,000 Mecum Auctions, Anaheim, CA, 11/14/2012 ACC# 213968


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PROFILE CLASSIC 1932 CHRYSLER CH IMPERIAL CABRIOLET First of a legacy Darin Schnabel ©2013, courtesy of RM Auctions This was the first car built by Bohman & Schwartz, and it was meant to showcase their coachbuilding skills VIN: 7900825 Engine #: CH1877 by Carl Bomstead T 54 AmericanCarCollector.com 54 AmericanCarCollector.com he 1932 Chrysler CH Imperial offered by RM is believed to have been the first car to receive a Bohman & Schwartz body. In many ways, it represents a watershed moment in California coachbuilding. While the car could easily have been built on the longer CL Imperial, choosing the 135-inch-wheelbase CH chassis created a design that was taut and sporting. Painting the Chrysler’s famous Indianapolis-inspired radiator shell and extending the cowl exaggerated the length of the hood. Further emphasizing this aspect of the design was an extremely low raked-back windshield and a snug-fitting top tailored to match, which was combined with a dark finish to give the car a look of unmatched aggression. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 135, sold for $660,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at RM’s Monterey auction in Monterey, CA, on August 16, 2013. In 1926, Chrysler launched the Imperial — the car that Walter P. Chrysler needed to take on Cadillac, Packard and Lincoln in the growing luxury-car field. The new Imperial was the pace car for the 1926 Indianapolis 500, and the new model was stated to have a top speed of 80 miles per hour — quite an achievement for its day. The Chrysler Imperial was redesigned for 1931 and received a new 384-ci Red Head straight eight engine that produced an impressive 125 horsepower. The new Imperial was referred to as the “Imperial 8,” and the models were an alphabet soup of nomenclature: The CL replaced the CG with a massive 146-inch wheelbase, the CH rode on a 135-inch wheelbase, and the CM retained the 6-cylinder engine with the shorter 116-inch wheelbase. Bohman & Schwartz Pasadena new-car dealer Walter M. Murphy had established a reputation for creating custom bodies on Duesenbergs and Lincolns for California’s glamorous movie-star set, but the firm was not immune to the economic realities of the time, and in 1932, it joined the myriad custom coachbuilders to shutter their doors due to the Depression. Maurice Schwartz, a coachbuilding perfectionist at Murphy, joined his friend Christian Bohman, who had left Murphy a few years earlier, and the pair formed Bohman & Schwartz, taking over many of the unfinished Murphy projects. They built their last automobile in 1941, surviving longer than any other West Coast coachbuilder, having created such well-known customs as the “Topper” car that was modified for later use by the Gilmore Oil Company, and building the 1938 Phantom Corsair designed by Rust Heinz of 57 Varieties fame. They also built the Duesenberg SJ convertibles for Clark Gable and Barbara Hutton. This car The 1932 Chrysler CH Imperial Cabriolet offered by RM was stated to be the first custom body conceived by the new firm. It was built to showcase their coach


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ACC Digital Bonus Detailing Years produced: 1931–32 Number produced: 1,622 (all 1932 CL & CH series) Original list price: $3,228 Current ACC Valuation: $500k–$650k Tune-up cost: $450 Distributor cap: $200 Chassis #: Right front doorpost hinge Club: Classis Car Club of America Engine #: Top of timing gear cover More: classiccarclub.org Alternatives: Other coachbuilt cars of its era, including Packard, Duesenberg and Cadillac ACC Investment Grade: B Comps building skills, and it’s a very attractive design. The hood line runs even with the subtly molded beltline of the body, the rear panels around the rumble seat curve smoothly down to the ground, and the windows disappear entirely into the doors, which was very similar to the Murphy-designed convertible coupe built on the Duesenberg Model J chassis. The initial owner of this custom-designed Chrysler was Lincoln “Stepin Fetchit” Perry — the first AfricanAmerican actor to become a millionaire. He performed well into the ’70s and continued to own more than a dozen exotic automobiles, this Chrysler among them. The car passed through at least three additional owners before its two-year restoration began in 1993. During the process, the top and windshield were lowered about three inches, giving it a more sleek appearance than it had originally. During the restoration, the workers discovered that the woodwork differed on the right and left side of the interior. The owner at the time mentioned in the regional CCCA publication that “Bohman must have worked on the right side of the car, and Schwartz on the left side.” With the restoration complete, the Chrysler CG Imperial was presented at the 1995 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and was awarded First in Class. The right money As offered by RM, the 1932 Chrysler CG Imperial wears an 18-year-old restoration that still appears fresh and is very striking in triple-black livery. When I reviewed it prior to the auction, it was in show-ready condition, but judging standards are far different today than in the mid-’90s, and the altered roof line would create an authenticity issue in current judging circles. To put this sale in perspective, several custom- bodied Chryslers have recently come to market, including the 1931 CG Imperial Convertible Victoria by Waterhouse that RM sold for $522,500 at their Phoenix sale in January 2012 (ACC# 192663) and the 1932 Imperial CL convertible coupe by LeBaron that they sold at Amelia Island this year for $525,000 (ACC# 215656). As such, this 1932 CH Imperial, even with its sleeker shorter wheelbase, looks fully priced at this money. But it wasn’t out of line, either — especially considering its status as a “first” for the famed coachbuilding pair and the current heated market for distinguished CCCA Full Classics. Well bought and 1932 Chrysler CL Imperial convertible coupe Lot 161, VIN: 7803368 Condition: 1Sold at $525,000 RM Auctions, Amelia Island, FL, 3/9/2013 ACC# 215656 1931 Chrysler CG Imperial convertible Lot 214, VIN: 7802831 Condition: 1 Sold at $522,500 well sold. A (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.) RM Auctions, Phoenix, AZ, 1/19/2012 ACC# 192663 1931 Chrysler CG Imperial convertible Lot 154, VIN: 7801063 Condition: 1Sold at $522,500 RM Auctions, Amelia Island, FL, 3/13/2010 ACC# 159900 November-December 2013 55CC 55


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PROFILE RACE 1946 DREYER MIDGET Fast, fun and frugal Courtesy of Bonhams Double the sale price would not have been out of the question for this Dreyer VIN: N/A by Tom Glatch • 136-ci flathead Ford V8 • Rare Edelbrock speed equipment • 130 hp • In/out gearbox • Live-axle suspension with transverse leaf springs • Rear-wheel hydraulic drum brake Stromberg 97 carburetors on an Edelbrock intake manifold and Edelbrock alloy heads. The Jahar Racing Midget is authentic and intact, T 56 AmericanCarCollector.com but it does need cosmetic and mechanical refreshment before heading to the track. Best of all, it’s eligible and competitive in both vintage oval and vintage road racing, on dirt or asphalt. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 351, sold for $9,500, including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ Greenwich Concours d’Elegance auction on June 2, 2013. his Dreyer-Ford was not only a successful racer back in the day, but New Jersey driver John Harris successfully vintage-raced it for decades. It comes equipped with extensive period speed equipment, including twin The Great Depression and Midget racing were meant for each other. The first Midget race was held at Sacramento Stadium on June 4, 1933, with a ragtag group of racers. The fast little machines were built from junkyard parts — motorcycle engines, old frame rails and other components — and they put on an action-packed show. Within months, the Midget phenomenon had spread throughout the nation. They could race anywhere, and popular venues included the wooden, high-banked Nutley Velodrome bicycle track in New Jersey, Chicago’s Soldier Field, and the Los Angeles Coliseum. Even the famed Rose Bowl in Pasadena hosted Midget action. Back then an afternoon of racing at Gilmore Stadium in Los Angeles cost just 40 cents. Midgets were inexpensive to build, race, and watch, and racing them soon became the prominent motorsport in America. Small cars go big-time As Midget racing spread, and the better drivers and car owners started earning good money, many of America’s top race-car builders got into the game. These were really just scaled-down versions of the cars they built for the Indianapolis “brickyard” and


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ACC Digital Bonus the dirt “bullrings” across the nation, and creations by Clyde Adams, Louis “Curly” Wetteroth, Hiram Hillegas, and, most notably, Floyd Dreyer, soon surpassed the junkyard specials. Known as “Pops” or “Pappy,” Floyd Dreyer may be one of the few men to be inducted to both the AMA Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame and the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. He was also inducted in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and the National Midget Hall of Fame. Born in 1898, Dreyer grew up on an Ohio farm and started racing motorcycles in his teens, including a stint on Indian’s team. After a serious racing accident in 1922, he moved to Indianapolis, worked at Duesenberg and Stutz, and started building race cars. When he started building Midgets around 1935, he pioneered an assembly-line process to construct the popular machines. Offy and Ford As the ’30s progressed, two engines became promi- nent in the sport. Fred Offenhauser made a scaleddown, jewel-like 110-ci version of his famed DOHC 4-cylinder engine that won 29 Indianapolis 500 events and numerous championships. It was powerful and reliable — and expensive. Then, in 1937, Ford introduced a smaller “flathead” V8, the 136-ci V8-60 — an economic alternative to the famed 90-hp engine. For those who couldn’t afford an “Offy,” the Ford was a best bet. Its size and power were perfect for Midget racing, and mechanics such as Vic Edelbrock and Ernie Casale soon were racing them — and forming the foundations of their performance-parts businesses in the process. After the end of World War II, Midget racing came roaring back for the same reasons that made it popular in the ’30s. But the introduction of Frank Kurtis’ tube-framed, mass-produced Kurtis Kraft Midgets in 1945 relegated the older-style rail-frame cars like the Dreyers toward the back of the pack. “Pops” returned to his first love, motorcycles, opening a dealership in 1953 in Indianapolis that is still run by the Dreyer family. He died on February 25, 1989. A different kind of racing In the ’70s, a stock car at my local track had this tongue-in-cheek statement painted on its tail: “Racing is… Fun! Relaxing! Inexpensive!” As anyone who’s competed at even the lowest level can tell you, auto racing is rarely relaxing, never inexpensive, and sometimes not that much fun. But vintage oval-track racing is different. For less than $10k, you could have owned this car. These cars raced many times a week, so they were built tough. The Ford V8-60 Flathead was equally stout, and even today is easy to maintain. Personally, I don’t think I’d even freshen the appearance of this car much, since the patina they developed from competition is part of their charm. Inexpensive? Check! Laid-back racing There are plenty of opportunities to run these cars, too. Unlike vintage sports cars, the oval-track cars don’t race as such, but rather put on high-speed exhibitions. There’s none of the bumping and banging that went on back in their day, but the track time is exciting, and they show today’s generation the heritage of the modern Midget and Sprint cars. Out East, the Atlantic Coast Old Timers Club ran 15 track exhibitions in 2013. In the heartland are the Antique Auto Racing Association, the Midwest Vintage Old Timers and the IMCA Old Timers. Out West there’s the Western Racing Association, and a number of historic tracks have their own “Old-Timers” clubs. The track days offer the thrill of racing these machines without the pressure or danger of competition. Relaxing? Check! A rarity at auction Was $9,500 too little for a vintage open-wheel racer built by one of the legends of the sport? A Kurtis Kraft Midget would command more money, as would any Midget with an Offy engine, but in August, Mecum sold seven Midgets of various pedigrees from $3,000 to $20,000, and in 2009 they sold a Kurtis Ford for $24,380. Double the sale price would not have been out of the question for this Dreyer, but the fact is that ovaltrack cars rarely are seen at auction. Owners keep them for a long time, and then reluctantly sell them to other vintage-open-wheel enthusiasts. There must be a reason for such longevity of ownership. Fun? Check! Fun, fast and frugal. Could this be racing heaven? And don’t forget the intangible benefit of preserving a piece of American racing history, all for less than $10,000. I’d call that a great deal. Well bought. A (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) November-December 2013 57 1950 Hillegas Midget racer Lot 731, VIN: 473 Condition: 2+ Sold at $16,500 Auctions America by RM, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 3/23/2013 ACC# 215750 Detailing Year produced: 1946 Number produced: One Original list price: Unknown Current ACC Valuation: $7,500–$30,000 Tune-up/major service: $125 Distributor cap: $26 Chassis #: N/A Engine #: N/A Club: Atlantic Coast Old Timers More: www.acotnews.org Alternatives: Kurtis Kraft Midget, Solar Midget, Hillegas Midget ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1950 Kurtis Midget racer Lot 370162188868, VIN: N/A Condition: 2 Sold at $29,995 eBay Motors, 7/7/2009 ACC# 120857 1948 Kurtis Kraft Midget racer Lot SP103, VIN: 035 Condition: 1 ACC# 120297 Not sold at $23,000 RM Auctions, Novi, MI, 4/25/2009


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PROFILE TRUCK The H1’s capabilities were far beyond the needs of everyday drivers. Production ceased in 2006 A wolf in wolf’s clothing 2000 HUMMER H1 The Hummer is a loud, obnoxious mammoth of a machine, and it’s built for the country, not the club VIN: 137ZA8432YE189839 by Jay Harden of operation in today’s highly demanding freeway-driving conditions. The GM 4-speed automatic transmission features the Torque Trak system to assist in difficult off-road driv conditions. The new Electronic Differential L system (E-Lockers) has made it virtually impossible for the current owner to get the vehicle stuck. T 58 AmericanCarCollector.com 58 AmericanCarCollector.com ACC Analysis This vehicle, Lot F461, was sold for $60,500, including buyer’s premium, at Russo and Steele’s 13th Annual Monterey auction on August 15–17, 2013. For a machine so brutally honest in purpose and design, the Hummer is probably the most misunderstood and eagerly stigmatized vehicle in America. Like the AR-15 assault rifle, the Hummer has come to be seen as both a decisively American instrument of freedom and a heavy-handed reflection of the “too much is never enough” mantra that has so deeply rooted itself in our national persona. Instruments of war often struggle to find their place in civilian life once they return home, and the Hummer is no exception. his classic Black 2000 Hummer H1 is powered by a GM 6.5-liter turbodiesel engine upgraded with a RapTorque engine-boost kit to nearly 295 horsepower for ease Storm the parking lot The HMMWV, or Humvee, first grabbed the public’s attention in the early 1990s, when images of American glory in the sands of Kuwait began to be piped into living rooms and schoolhouses across the heartland. With their enormous track width, high ground clearance and purposeful ruggedness, Humvees were the personification of the brawn, toughness, and dedication to the cause so proudly embodied by our soldiers. The nation was unified in victory, and the Humvee stood as an iconic representation of that success. Those were powerful images, and celebrities such as Arnold Schwarzenegger reacted to them, lobbying voraciously for a civilian variant so they could play tough guy on the weekends. AM General complied, and the Hummer, as it was now being called, was first released for public sale in 1992. Courtesy of Russo and Steele


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ACC Digital Bonus Fall from grace Seven years later, General Motors got in on the action by purchasing the marketing and distribution rights for all AM General-produced Hummers. In an attempt to capitalize on the Hummer’s hero status, GM soon put forward plans to build two new, more soccermom friendly variations on the theme. When the new models, the H2 and H3, were introduced, the original Hummer was relabeled the H1. Ironically, these two new vehicles, and the H2 in particular, managed to incur the wrath of the average American. Many saw the H2 as the ultimate poseur — built on a GM truck chassis with go-anywhere looks and go-to-the-mall capabilities, all the while getting horrible fuel mileage. If the Hummer was a wolf in wolf’s clothing, as was suggested in original promotional material, then the H2 was a sheep in a cheap coyote costume. Unfortunately, the image of the Hummer H1 and its exceptional athleticism got caught up in careless brand mismanagement, overzealous Hollywood muscley types, and the American media machine. In this era of “clean” this and “eco” that, the broad-shouldered, alpha-male Hummer became everything the skinny-jeaned Prius is not. Production of the H1 ceased in 2006, and GM killed the Hummer brand in 2009. Whatchu lookin’ at? If you plan on parking a Hummer in your garage, you need to understand what you’re getting yourself into. For starters, it’s about three feet wider than a standard commuter car, weighs 7,000 pounds, and gulps about a gallon of diesel for every 10 miles covered. It was engineered to operate outside the bounds of proper lane changes and courtesy honks. Its 16 inches of ground clearance trumps just about every truck this side of Bigfoot, but, thanks to its raised drivetrain, it is also incredibly more stable than any parking lot cowboy’s Z-71 on boggers. It can muck through 30 inches of water all day long, clamber up 22-inch-high steps, tackle approach angles of an insane 72 degrees, devour 60-degree inclines, and traverse 40% side slopes. Perhaps most impressive, it was designed to hold up to a minimum of 12 years of abuse at the hands of teenage drivers. In short, the Hummer is not a toy, nor is it a Sunday cruiser. It is a loud, obnoxious mammoth of a machine, and is built for the country, not the club. In fact, its abilities are ridiculously over the top for anything remotely related to real-world use. Calling it showing off just seems a bit too considerate. Here’s Detailing Years built: 1992–2006 Number built: 11,818 Original list price: $40,500 (1992) to $150,000 (2006) Current ACC Valuation: $35k–$70k Tune-up/major service: $500-plus Distributor cap: N/A VIN: In driver’s door jamb, near dash Engine #: Top left rear of engine block Club: The Hummer Club More: www.thehummerclubinc. com a good example: Imagine Alex Rodriguez showing up at your annual company softball game and strutting around the bases, kissing his biceps each time he takes your accountant’s underhand lob deep. Similarly, showing up in a Hummer to splash through the local mud hole probably won’t earn you much respect, unless you’re only there to prove you can get it stuck. Spoiler alert: you probably can’t. But for the buyer who truly wants to be able to go anywhere — jungle, desert, riverbed, rock crawl, mud pit, and the corner 7-11 — there’s no better choice. Capability for the buck In 2011, at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale sale, I happened upon a Hummer that was used as a support vehicle for Robby Gordon’s Dakar Rally effort (ACC# 191742). It looked very much like the proverbial bull in a china shop. Decked out with its racks and lights and dual spares, that Hummer might as well have had a mail-slot in the driver’s door labeled “Lunch Money.” Apart from a top-fuel dragster, that beast was probably the most intimidating vehicle I had ever seen. I loved it, and so did a few bidders, as it sold for just under $74,000. Prices for new Hummers were once sky-high, falling somewhere between $120,000 and $150,000 when public sales ceased in 2006. Compared to that, the $35k–$70k that the same models bring in today’s market seems incredibly reasonable. That’s a lot of capability for the money. The Hummer I saw in 2011 was well equipped, but it had more than likely been run through the wringer. Our example here is also fitted with racks, a winch and rear-view camera, as well as a number of performance upgrades. Still, it appears to have lived a much more pampered life, and at $60,500, it is most certainly the better pick of the two. When you consider that a new Ford Raptor pickup — arguably the most capable off-roader currently offered in the American market — starts at $45,000, our Hummer looks like a screaming deal. Sure, the Raptor has boy-racer graphics and EcoBoost (Whew! You can still go to Starbucks!), but if you think it’s worthy of holding the Hummer’s beer when it comes time for a “Hey y’all, watch this!” you probably wouldn’t know a snatch block from a stirrup. Regardless of why you need one of these — you’re an adventure seeker, a Rambo or a company-softballgame Alex Rodriguez — you can’t argue with the price point here. Very well bought. A (Introductory descriptions courtesy of Russo and Steele.) November-December 2013 59 September-October 2013 59CC 2001 Hummer H1 Lot 964, VIN: 137ZA843X1E192543 Condition: 3Sold at $73,700 Alternatives: 2014 Ford Raptor, 2014 Local Motors Rally Fighter, bobbed AM General M35 Deuce and a Half ACC Investment Grade: D Comps Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/15/2012 ACC# 191742 1995 AM General Hummer Lot 329, VIN: 137DA8430SE163192 Condition: 2- Not sold at $31,000 The Branson Auction, Branson, MO, 4/15/2005 ACC# 37863 1985 AM General M-998 HMMWV Lot 72, VIN: 653 Condition: 3+ Sold at $24,225 Silver Auctions, Fountain Hills, AZ, 1/10/2003 ACC# 29832


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MARKeT OVERVIEW For complete results of each auction covered in this issue, scan this code or go to http://bit.ly/YLyfw2 TOP 10 sales this issue 1. 1964 Shelby Cobra roadster, $825,000—AA, p. 70 2. 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 fastback, $588,500—Mec, p. 88 3. 1914 Packard I-38 phaeton, $467,500— g&Co, p. 106 4. 2006 Ford gT coupe, $403,925—Mec, p. 88 5. 1934 Lincoln KB convertible sedan, $275,000—g&Co, p. 104 6. 1937 Cord 812 SC phaeton, $225,500—RM, p. 100 7. 1932 Ford Highboy roadster, $225,000— Bon, p. 102 8. 1934 Packard Super 8 roadster, $203,500—AA, p. 72 9. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, $192,500— B-J, p. 80 10. 1930 Packard Deluxe eight series 745 Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton, $176,550—Mec, p. 90 BEST BUYS 1. 1959 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, $130,900— R&S, p. 94 2. 1962 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, $97,900— AA, p. 68 3. 1966 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, $50,825— Mec, p. 102 4. 1952 Buick Super 56C convertible, $23,100— uSAuc, p. 101 5. 1967 International R-190 dump truck, $5,250— uSAuc, p. 107 62 AmericanCarCollector.com 1961 Chevrolet Corvette gulf racer sold for $1,498,000 at Mecum Monterey by Tony Piff B etween Hot August Nights in Reno and Monterey Classic Car Week, August is without a doubt our busiest month of the year at ACC. Add to that Auctions America’s new three-day sale in Burbank, CA, and you’re talking a whole lot of cars and a whole lot of dollars in just a few weeks. n n n Overall totals for Monterey Classic Car Week continued their meteoric rise, growing from $258m last year to $308m, spread among five auctions. Mecum reigns as the peninsula’s volume leader, and their consignment list is always heavy on the domestic iron. They sold 371 out of 677 cars for $31.4m overall. That’s an increase from last year’s 341/570/$30.8m. A 1961 Chevrolet Corvette Gulf racer was the most expensive American car at $1.5m, and a 1930 Duesenberg Model J Torpedo phaeton managed to eclipse $1m, just ahead of a 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 roadster at $990k. n n n Across town at Russo and Steele, three Shelbys took the American podium: a 1962 Cobra 289 roadster at $850k, a 1967 GT500 at $160k and a 1970 GT500 at $135k. The most expensive Corvette was a 1959 283/290 Fuelie convertible at $131k. Russo saw slightly diminished numbers this year, with 89 cars selling out of 215, down from 124/266 last year. Total sales dipped to $7.1m from $8.2m, but average price increased to $80k from $66k. In the Roundup, you’ll find highlights from the n n n Barrett-Jackson found success at its first Hot August Nights sale, selling 343 out of 345 consignments, for a 99% rate and a combined $14.2m. A 2014 Shelby GT500 convertible charity car was the biggest sale of the weekend at $500k. The top noncharity lots were a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327/360 Fuelie convertible at $193k, a 1968 Shelby GT500 E Continuation fastback at $165k and a 1957 Chevrolet Corvette 283/283 Fuelie convertible at $149k. n n n The Roundup also includes highlights from B&T Specialty’s second Reno sale, which takes place during Hot August Nights but is not a HAN-sanctioned event. n n n Auctions America achieved an 81% sell-through rate at their new auction in Burbank, CA. The auction house sold 326 cars out of 403, totaling $17.3m. Bigmoney lots included a 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 roadster at $825k, a 1952 Cunningham C3 at $407k and a 1948 Ford Super Deluxe Sportsman at $248k. n n n This month’s Roundup also includes highlights from Mecum’s Bloomington Gold auction; RM St. John’s; Silver in Shelton, WA; and US Auctioneers’ sale of the Del DeYoung Collection of antique trucks in Friesland, WI. A The biggest, busiest month of the year A 1961 CHEVROLET CORVETTE GULF RACER WAS MECUM’S MOST EXPENSIVE AMERICAN CAR AT $1.5M ACC 1-6 scale condition rating 1. Perfect: National show standard 2. excellent: Club show-worthy, some small flaws 3. Average: Daily driver in decent condition 4. Meh: Still a driver, with some visible flaws 5. Questionable: A problem-plagued beast that somehow manages to run 6. Lost cause: Salvagable for parts rest of the Monterey auctions: Gooding & Company Pebble Beach, RM Monterey and Bonhams Carmel.


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Anatomy of an ACC Market Report A HANDY GUIDE TO HOW WE RATE CARS AT AUCTION By B. Mitchell Carlson They say a picture is worth a thousand words. To give a better appreciation of what our auction analysts look for when they analize cars for ACC, we like to take a specific example and give you visuals of the details. This time, we look at a 1978 Ford F-150 that sold at the MidAmerica St. Paul auction in June 2013. Lot number assigned by auction house. general description of vehicle as observed by reporter, with VIN number, color and mechanical specifications listed first. #174-1978 FORD F-150 Ranger XLT SuperCab pickup. S/N X14SKBE6156. White & light blue/Parchment vinyl & cloth. Odo: 34,060 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. High-quality restoration is exceptionally authentic. Paint is spot-on for original Ford finish—good, but not spectacular. Excellent original and NOS trim. Replated rear bumper is canted forward slightly. Hose clamps and modern battery can be swapped for a show-quality engine bay. Authentically upholstered seat, although rear bench is all vinyl while the front split-bench has cloth seating surfaces. Optional 400-cube engine, dual fuel tanks, outside storage compartment, power steering and brakes, a/c. Cond: 2-. A price listed in green indicates that the vehicle sold. A price in red denotes a no-sale. Commentary in which reporter sums up factors that may have affected the sale and notes whether it was a good buy. SOLD AT $13,230. Today, with SuperCab and SuperCrew cabs vastly outselling the standard cab pickups, it’s a little hard to grasp that a SuperCab in the 1970s was somewhat uncommon. Rather like 4-wheel drive was a decade previous. This very authentically restored example shows that the 1973–79 Ford F-series trucks continue to go nowhere but up in value. Well bought. This symbol indicates vehicles noted by the reporter as exceptionally well bought. Five are called out per issue. CONDITION RATINGS Condition: ACC uses a numerical scale of 1 to 6 to assess a vehicle’s overall condition: 1. Perfect: National show standard 2. Excellent: Club show-worthy, some small flaws 3. Average: Daily driver in decent condition 64 AmericanCarCollector.com 4. Meh: Still a driver, but with visible flaws 5. Questionable: A problem-plagued beast that somehow manages to run 6. Lost cause: Salvagable for parts BEST BUY


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AUCTIONS AMERICA // Burbank, CA Auctions America — Burbank 2013 MY PICK FOR BEST VALUE WAS THE ’62 CORVETTE BIG-BRAKE FUELIE IN TRIPLE BLACK, CRAZY CHEAP AT $98K Report and photos by Michael Leven Market opinions in italics A fter many years and many tears, somebody has finally broken the code for a genuinely successful car auction in Southern California. The formula that worked for Auctions America in Burbank on August 1–3 included the following: Utilize your abundant resources and contacts to create the conditions for success, offer lots of cars at no reserve, and set realistic expectations with your consignors. Simple, right? The Auctions America brand surely benefited from the full backing of parent company RM Auctions, as all hands were on Auctions America Burbank, CA August 1–3, 2013 Auctioneers: Brent Earlywine, Mike Shackleton Automotive lots sold/offered: 326/403 Sales rate: 81% Sales total: $17,261,985 High American sale: 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 roadster, sold at $825,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices 1962 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, sold at $97,900 deck for their first foray out west. A lot was riding on this event, as it was the first being broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network to a national audience. The producers even brought in Jay Leno as a color commentator one afternoon. AA offered numerous cars from two major collections eager to thin their herds — hence the many no-reserve lots. That certainly was a contributing factor for the high sales rate. But while more than 81% of Thursday’s 74 consignments were offered at no reserve, most of those cars achieved fair market sales prices. They weren’t being given away. (There was a minor bargain or two on Thursday, such as the ’30 Pierce-Arrow 7-passenger sedan in driver condition that went for $26k, and the ’29 Ford Model A phaeton that went for a bit over $17k.) Friday started off with a bang, when three 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 roadster with automatic, sold at $825,000 66 AmericanCarCollector.com cartoonish rebodied golf carts from the “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” film each drove frenzied bidding and sold for $33k, $36k and $39k. The momentum only built from there. The auction house did a good job parsing out plenty of high-quality “real” cars on Friday, such as the well-turned-out ’57 E-code Thunderbird that was a bargain at $57k. Come prime time Saturday, the really heavy iron was rolling, and AA knocked off a string of 40 wildly different cars, including several highly desirable Full Classics, top-drawer American muscle, European luxury and exotics and first-class hot rods. More than 30 of this group sold with strong bidding. It looked like very good TV, and I’m sure the auction house and NBC were very pleased. Among this elite group was the best seller of the auction, a 1964 Shelby Cobra, one of fewer than 20 with a factory automatic transmission. It sold for $825k. Back on Earth, my pick for best value was the ’62 Chevrolet Corvette Big-Brake Fuelie in triple-black, crazy cheap at $98k. The car I’d most liked to have bought (given my budget) was the ’62 Ford Galaxie 406, very well bought at $40k. So the gauntlet has finally been thrown, and it will be interesting to see if the next auction in this car-crazy market can live up to the standard now set by Auctions America. A


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AUCTIONS AMERICA // Burbank, CA CLASSICS #453-1935 AUBURN 851 sedan. VIN: GG2470. Gray & blue/gray cloth. Odo: 97,061 miles. From the Jim Carr Collection. Paint cracking all over, possibly original. Sits on modern Dunlops. Interior worn and torn—likely not salvageable and probably not even instructive if preserved. Headliner is okay and will clean up. Modern fuel gauge; all others correct and will polish up well. Wood-grain paint on dash may come back. Engine room dirty but will clean well. Looks very solid, and everything is there. A great base for restoration or thoughtful refurbishment. Sold at no reserve. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $38,500. Certainly worth the winning bid for the parts alone, but it would be criminal (pun intended) not to first research this car’s provenance. Couldn’t be a movie car—too expensive, and a studio would not go to the trouble of replicating two-inch-thick glass and the structural necessities it required. I’m no conspiracy theorist, but this looked like the real deal to me and I will not be surprised if some nefarious early ownership is “dug up.” Hundreds of thousands to restore, but maybe worth it. #769-1951 CADILLAC SERIES 62 convertible. VIN: 516241030. Light yellow/ brown canvas/brown leather. Odo: 29,845 miles. 331-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Claimed original-miles car. Gaps variable, trim unmarked and shiny; abundant chrome excellent. Paint to factory standard; only noted issue with body is passenger’s door fit. Interior clean, gauges bright; a couple of small scuffs on the otherwise-solid steering wheel. Fitted with twin spotlights. Chrome wires. Some finishes in engine compartment may be too shiny. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $20,350. An unloved sedan, maybe worth $60k plus/minus when restored, which you couldn’t do for your $40k margin. Choices are 1) Leave it as-is, 2) Commit to that “thoughtful refurbishment,” or 3) Go for greatness, restore it properly, then wait a long time to maybe get your money back. My vote is #2. Redo the interior, suss out the mechanicals, and hit the road. Well sold at 25% over high estimate. GM #482-1936 CADILLAC V16 limousine. VIN: 5100136. Black/gray cloth. Odo: 75,056 miles. Black paint oxidized to matte finish; graffiti carved into fenders. Doors held on by carriage bolts. Front bumper mounts rotted at chassis. Multi-layer bulletproof glass may be original (window channels two inches wide). All glass delaminating with three-inch portholes for gun barrels. Bullet marks in most panes. Seats covered in a sheet of pinstripe material. Shift knob missing. Engine compartment surprisingly intact. Unknown history; records show it was ordered through Chicago dealership, however. Cond: 5-. Side window frame tops rusty. Soft top soiled, interior vinyl good but filthy. Dirtybut-correct underhood. New paint keeps car from a 3- rating. Sold at no reserve. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $23,650. Eye-catching from a distance, this car was the very definition of a “fluff and buff.” Up close, it clearly needed a lot of TLC. It could even be a really cool cruiser if the new owner shows her a little love and paints it a proper period color rather than the unimaginative Resale Red. Slightly well sold with potential for upside with thoughtful investment. #772-1965 BUICK RIVIERA GS 2-dr hard top. VIN: 494475H913111. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 88,592 miles. 425-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Top-of-the-food-chain Riviera Gran Sport. Claimed $100k spent on resto is believable. Lustrous black paint excellent; trim all straight and shiny. Headlight doors work. Chrome very well done. Deluxe interior includes power windows and seat, electric antenna and more. Interior silver trim mostly very good. Gauges clean; carpets nice. Engine bay hints at some older work; wiring a bit messy. Some staining on engine but mostly tidy underneath. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $107,250. Great colors and presence on a low-mile icon of the ’50s. Another nice car from actor Morgan Woodward’s garage. While no longer razor-sharp, the 1998 restoration is holding extremely well; car won Best of Show at an all-GM event in LA in 2010. Sold beyond its $90k high estimate but not too far above market pricing, this car was still fairly bought for its quality and what it provides in immediate use and gratification. #143-1959 PONTIAC CATALINA convertible. VIN: 195C10662. Red/white vinyl/white & gray vinyl. Odo: 55,244 miles. 389-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Gaps extremely variable; passenger’s door out. Trim all there, straight, but dull. Recent respray decent, thin in spots and cracking around roof boot. Chrome redone to driver level. Rubber in decent shape; wing windows delaminating. SOLD AT $85,250. This striking design with the hidden lights is arguably the high-water mark for Rivieras. No less than Sergio Pininfarina called the first-gen Riviera “one of the most beautiful American cars ever built.” Gorgeous or not, this sale is a bit over the top. The ACC Price Guide values a ’65 GS at $18k–$35k. This car previously sold for $40k at Worldwide’s 2008 Houston sale (ACC# 116635). There are likely few better examples, if any, but this was still very well sold. CORVETTE Black/black hard top/black vinyl. Odo: 99,906 miles. 327-ci 360-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. One of 246 ’62 Corvettes ordered with RPO 687: heavy-duty brakes and steering, special shocks, brake cooling ducts, special brake linings, finned drums with internal cooling, dual front sway bars and off-road exhaust. Paint to driver standard; trim mostly straight but dull and pitted. Interior also to driver standard. Looks clean and correct under hood. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $97,900. This was one badass-looking car in triple-black with poverty caps—and it had the chops to back it up. 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AUCTIONS AMERICA // Burbank, CA gine controls hidden. Poor fitment of HHC logo in grille shell recess is one of several under-finished details. Cond: 2. mention matching numbers, but barring some nefarious past, this looked like a screaming deal to me, purchased more than $25k below the low estimate. Go ahead and burn some rubber in celebration. FOMOCO #505-1932 FORD MODEL B roadster. VIN: 181267340. Black & magenta/black leather. Odo: 3,947 miles. One of 10 Muroc Roadsters built by Jerry Kugel, with design assistance from Chip Foose. Fit and finish to showfield standard. Paint absolutely gorgeous and without fault. All-steel body hand-formed by Marcel, Luc, and Marc DeLay of Marcel & Sons. LS6 engine with 4L60-E automatic; Lokar shifter. Featured in Street Rodder Magazine, multiple awardwinner. Cond: 1-. equipped with C4 automatic. Used as factory demonstrator. Repainted to local-show-standard, pock marks throughout. Most chrome looks good; could be wellkept original. Hood latches badly pitted. Cracked plating on windshield frame. Monza gas filler looks out of place, as does Talbot mirror. Engine compartment tidy but not detailed. Chrome wires dingy. Lots of rattle-can black sprayed underneath. Rolling on modern Goodyear Integrity tires. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $115,000. Runner-Up for Most Beautiful Roadster at 2009 Grand National Roadster Show. Striking car riding on modified Dodge artillery wheels. Appraised in 2011 at $499k, here a no-sale at $115k, but listed online in the U.K. for £57,605 (about $90k, date unknown). While the low bid, much less the online price, surely did not cover the build cost, this car is no longer fresh. Unique and handsome to be sure, but high bid will look generous next time it’s offered. SOLD AT $110,000. These roadsters are sold as unfinished rollers for $115k. Owner chooses his own builder and equipment. Available with or without fenders. The poster-child if there ever was one for the old saying, “Buy a car that’s already done.” Beyond reproach and fully vetted, just get in and go. Price paid here was less than the cost of a roller, so to call this anything but very well bought would be just plain dumb. Not cheap, but a great value. #785-1932 FORD MODEL B “Respect Tradition” roadster. VIN: 1816704. Copper metallic/beige leather. Odo: 7,306 miles. A Hollywood Hot Rods build; multiple magazine covers, features. Aftermarket steel body sectioned two inches. Paint well applied over variable prep; pock marks, nicks. Trunk gaps wide and variable. Brightwork nice; DuVall-style windshield. Minimalist interior well done; Gennie shifter. Independent rear suspension; Detroit Locker and Franklin quick-change rear end. Period Hemi with Hilborn injection; electronic en- 70 AmericanCarCollector.com #519-1933 FORD MODEL B woodie wagon. VIN: 183374192. Scarlet Orange Candy/tan canvas/tan leather. Odo: 3,160 miles. All the right parts and beautifully assembled. Vivid House of Kolors paint shines bright, even under heavy tent; very well prepped and applied. Modern wood looks to be maple; expertly formed and finished. Canvas top taut and well fitted; no staining or soiling. Chrome Halibrand-style wheels a good period accent. Crate SBC dressed in lots and lots of chrome. Ford nine-inch puts the power down. Leather well done and inviting. Surfboard mounted on the roof a nice touch. Only ding is the stark rear compartment, which almost looks unfinished. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $825,000. For the Cobra guy who has everything except an automatic, or for somebody with a bum left knee who wants to go fast. In all seriousness, a very nice car that one could imagine enjoying on a Sunday morning when nobody else is on the road. Sold within the new range of 289 values but near the low estimate of $800k. Market priced. #503-1966 SHELBY GT350 H fastback. VIN: SFM6S485. Wimbledon White & gold/ black vinyl. Odo: 81,572 miles. 289-ci V8, 4 bbl, auto. Restored in original colors in 2008. Multi-stage paint excellent. Very slight bleeding indicates taping of stripes not ultracrisp; edges correctly not wet-sanded before applying clearcoat. Trim straight and unmarked; chrome very well done. Interior all-new; wood wheel, clear gauges. Correcttype Autolite battery; caulking on firewall messy. Wearing period-correct Goodyear Blue Streaks. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $56,100. A somewhat formulaic build, but nicely finished, and nothing too exotic that will overheat or leave you stranded. This totally usable wagon will be a source of great pride for the new owner. A very nice hot rod at a very reasonable price. Fairly bought and sold. #800-1964 SHELBY COBRA roadster. VIN: CSX2561. White/red leather. Odo: 40,107 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. One of fewer than 20 Cobras factory- 1 SOLD AT $129,250. The restoration has already lost that razor’s edge, but for perspective, car is still far better than new. Very attractive color combo classy and almost makes up for the automatic transmission. This was strong money for a car that is just off its peak, but it was not out of line as prices are still moving up quickly. Fairly bought and sold for now, but if kept properly will be more expensive next time. #510-1969 SHELBY GT500 fastback. VIN: 9F02R480492. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 1,417 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. “King Cobra” TOP 10


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OURCARS 1969 CHeVRoLeT Chevelle 2-dr hard top owner: Jay Harden, ACC Contributor Purchase date: December 1999 Price: $400 Mileage since purchase: To hell and back Recent Work: Charging problem (not fixed yet) AUCTIONS AMERICA // Burbank, CA drag racer from day one; purchased from Jerry Alderman Ford, who eventually raced it under their own banner. Many owners since. Paint to race-car standard; silver painted “King Cobra” lettering polished through in spots. Chrome okay; trim unmarked, certainly due to low (but very hard) miles. Interior in good shape. Sun tach and oil pressure gauge added. Engine compartment clean, as appropriate for a race car. Cond: 3. was a kid, a guy down the street had a Polo Green T&C, and I remember thinking, “Why is everybody making such a fuss about this car?” Well, I’m kinda grown up after a few decades, and now I get it. One of my favorite cars at the auction. Probably drives like the Queen Mary, but oh my, wouldn’t it be a lovely cruise! Bid to $100k, this more appropriate selling price came post-block. this car (the term “car” is used very loosely here) as a gift for his son-in-law. It was a project he didn’t want, so it became mine. I was 19. Over the course of the next three years, A friend of my dad bought I spent equal time daydreaming of sweet burnouts, contemplating burning the whole thing to the ground, and scrounging junkyards and the Summit Racing catalog for a million different nuts, bolts and fittings. It was maddening. I dismantled, cleaned, sanded, painted and rebuilt every piece of this car (except the transmission) with an occasional hand from a couple of buddies, all while my dad supervised from behind frosty cold brewskies. Alright, he did turn a critical wrench or two. Just when I couldn’t take it anymore, Bubba barked to life through open headers. Yeeehaaaaw! With 250 miles on the clock, a trash bag full of clothes in the trunk, and a pretty girl riding shotgun, I put Georgia in the rearview. Ten thousand miles later, Bubba had carried me safely across 26 states. I soon rewarded him with a heart transplant — 454 inches worth. It was my daily driver for about five years, and the wear and tear of excessive throttle and rowdy buddies are starting to take their toll. The “Needs” list is finally shorter than the “Wants,” but my old car is a long way from being done. I’ll call it good the day they put me in the ground. A Phillips screws not flush and protruding from taillight bezels. Interior leather beautiful and supple. Large red electrical switch under dash visually alarming. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $130,000. Previously sold in #2 condition for $93,500 at RM Scottsdale, where our reporter stated, “Buyer came out ahead on this one” (SCM# 192695). When I 72 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $75,900. An interesting piece of regional racing history, but not sure that conferred a premium here. During one of its restorations, the car was made street-legal; I think that’s where the value lies. If it’d been campaigned by Ford stars Ronda, Nicholson or Glidden, I wouldn’t change it. But with all due respect to those who drove this car in anger, it’s really just a low-mile, never-wrecked Shelby Mustang purchased at a GT500 market price. I say repaint it as stock, license it and go. Its history will always quietly be there. MOPAR #532-1947 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY convertible. VIN: 7403939. Newport Blue/tan canvas/blue leather & tan corduroy. Odo: 10,998 miles. 323-ci I8, 1-bbl, auto. Paint very well applied over excellent prep. Original wood refinished by noted expert; spectacular patina. Gaps mostly good; shut line at passenger’s A-pillar notably wide. Rear bumper chrome crazed, all other brightwork very nice. Heads of enormous #485-1970 PLYMOUTH ’CUDA convertible. VIN: BS27N0B161634. Plum Crazy/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 12,973 miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. A very nice presentation of a desirable car with no history provided. Most gaps good; hood/trunk lines slightly variable. Multi-stage Plum Crazy paint very well applied over good prep. Silver “shaker” hood. Chrome shiny but with waves, some bubbling. Interior mostly very good. Dash fascia redone but looks like it was once rough. Heavily optioned with power top, windows, seats, brakes, a/c, 3-speed wipers and Rallye instruments. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $100,000. Catalog states, “equipped as a 440 Six-Pack clone with many of the most desirable features.” While the relative transparency is admirable, what was this car born as? A stripper 6-cylinder Barracuda? For this kind of money you could buy a real, 375-hp, non-Six Pack 440 and save yourself a whole lot of explaining every time you show it. A no-sale across the block at $95k, but showing as sold in the final results. Well sold. AMERICANA 8 #755-1934 PACKARD SUPER 8 roadster. VIN: 75993. Gray/black canvas/burgundy leather. 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AUCTIONS AMERICA // Burbank, CA YOURCARS 1993 CADILLAC Allante owner: Nick Ferrantino, Houston, TX, a new ACC subscriber Purchase date: November 16, 2006 Price: $25,000 Mileage since purchase: 1,037 Recent Work: Driver’s door window switch replaced with NOS, passenger sun visor repaired on top. Art Deco dash gorgeous; leather invitingly broken in. Top taut. Engine compartment tidy and correct but not show-detailed. Mitchell 26% overdrive useful; car completed 1,500-mile tour in 2012 with no issues. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $203,500. Originally purchased in Santa Barbara, so a long-term California car. Very well restored 13 years ago; holding nicely but no longer razor-sharp. Understated and tasteful colors may sell this car a bit short. Clearly used and loved by the consignor; new owner can have confidence enjoying this magnificent motorcar any way he chooses. Fairly bought and sold at low market price. by Indy 500 winner Bobby Unser at the 76th Indy 500 in 1992 to start the event. Bobby Unser was Cadillac’s spokesperson for Allante that year. Al Unser Jr., the 1992 Indy 500 champion, also drove this Allante two weeks after the Indy 500 to the opening of the new Belle Isle Raceway track in Detroit, MI, to start the XI Detroit Grand Prix. For the past two years, I have taken this This 1993 Allante was driven all-original 1993 Allante Pace/Parade car to the Keels & Wheels Concours D’Elegance car show in Seabrook, TX. In 2012, Bobby Unser was grand marshal of the event; he was kind enough to sign the dashboard just above the glovebox. In 2013, the grand marshal of the event was none other than Al Unser Jr., and I was able to get him to also sign the dashboard next to his uncle’s signature. Both Unsers did me a great honor by doing so. A #430-1951 KAISER SPECIAL Traveler hatchback sedan. VIN: K2041959. Yellow/ brown vinyl. Odo: 3,609 miles. 226-ci I6, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Restored to good standard in 1991 and holding well. Gaps straight but of varying widths; doors all shut with a confidence-inspiring thud. Trim and chrome all nice, unmarked. Paint done well, but now with micro-blisters in several areas. Supercool acrylic hood ornament. Interior of a nice driver; tear in driver’s seatback the only demerit. Dual spotlights, clear plastic steering wheel. Gauges and switches all clear and bright. Engine compartment clean and correct. Cond: 3+. steering wheel. First-year Nailhead engine; Offy valve covers and high-rise manifold with three Rochesters. Very tidy build. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $104,500. Used in 1954 movie “Johnny Dark,” starring Tony Curtis and known as “The Tiger Special,” driven by Phil Hill. Like many such cars, it fell into obscurity. The college student who purchased, resuscitated and used it as a daily driver, thought it “might be an Allard” until true identity discovered. Current red less flattering than period light color or white. As an interesting footnote in Hollywood and coachbuilding history, I’d say it was fairly bought and sold, just over the low estimate. SOLD AT $17,600. Slightly funky-looking even 62 years on, the Dutch Darrin styling must have been quite a statement in the day. Regarded as one of the first “hatchbacks,” with clam-shell hatch, fold-down rear seats, and wood floor skids, it might also be considered the first cross-over. Pale yellow color helped soften some of the more dramatic lines, and the car looked quite lovely. Prices for Travelers are modest when compared with contemporary Chevys, but even so, this car was well bought just under the $18k low estimate. Reserve off at $13k. #479-1953 BOHMAN SPECIAL roadster. VIN: 69N747. Red/black & white leather. Odo: 24 miles. 322-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. ’50s alloy custom build on modified Ford chassis by Chris Bohman, heir to Bohman & Schwartz coachbuilding firm. Chrome and trim all very good; paint marred only by tonneau marks and few small flaws. Recently fabricated replacement grille in aluminum. Frameless, two-piece beveled windshield in oversize Brooklands-screen style. Leather seats nicely done. Stylized banjo-type wood 74 AmericanCarCollector.com #186-1967 “BOOTHILL EXPRESS” hotrod funeral coach. VIN: S2362703. Metallic orange/black vinyl. 350-ci V8, auto. Body looks to be made from wood and fiberglass. Wood finials on coach top cracking with chunks missing. Brass side lamps from a hardware store. Gauges on foot-board of open front seat. Hand brake for rear-only drums—no front brakes. Spindle-style front wheels very corroded. Originally with real Hemi, current engine is later-model GM 350, but catalog addendum says, “It is fitted with a 331 cubic inch Hemi.” Dummy blower and stacks hide actual induction system. Ford nine-inch rear end. Sold at no reserve. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $57,750. Boothill Express was the star of a traveling drag-race exposition and progenitor of a wildly popular Monogram plastic model in the ’60s (reissued in the ’90s). This car was built “several months after the original,” using original molds, and was used in period on the Drag and Wheelstander show circuit. Sold at RM Monterey in 2010 for $88k, so seller took a loss, but price looks right, considering that it looks like it’s on its last legs. A


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Reno, NV Hot August Nights Auction presented by Barrett-Jackson THE SEXIEST CAR IN THE CITY WAS A ’34 FORD ROADSTER NAMED “FLASHBACK,” SOLD FOR $110K WITH A $13K CUSTOM MATCHING CHOPPER Report and photos by Travis Shetler Market opinions in italics D uring the world-famous Hot August Nights classic-car festival in Reno, there are cool old vehicles everywhere you look, many with “For Sale” signs. You see them at stoplights, in parking lots, loaded on trailers and trucks, passing on the freeways. You are simply surrounded by opportunities to become the new owner of just about any car you can imagine. Barrett-Jackson Hot August Nights Auction Reno, NV August 8–10, 2013 Auctioneer: Tom “Spanky” Assiter Automotive lots sold/offered: 343/345 Sales rate: 99% Sales total: $14,203,680 High American sale: 2014 Shelby GT500 convertible, sold at $500,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices 1934 Ford custom roadster, along with a $13k custom matching bike, sold at $110,000 So with all the gearheads, cars and dollars in one location, a classic-car auction just makes sense — and what better fit for HAN than Barrett-Jackson? This August, Barrett brought their auction to Reno. The massive Reno Convention Center played host. The preview area was completely enclosed, which made inspecting the cars comfortable and convenient. The auction generated sales of $14.2 mil- lion. A 2014 Shelby GT500 sold for $500k, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Brain Injury Association of America. The highestselling non-charity vehicle was a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327/360 convertible with fuel injection. Black with red interior, the car wore a seven-year-old frame-off restoration. It was beautiful, perfect, enticing and sold for $193k. A 1961 Corvette vintage racer had beauti- A packed house in Reno 76 AmericanCarCollector.com ful looks and a mysterious past. It wore blue stripes over brilliant white, with white steel wheels and poverty caps, bumpers removed and minimal chrome trim. Under the hood was a Traco race motor (a fascinating story in itself) topped with a fuel-injection unit. The car also featured unique mounting holes for a larger-distance racing fuel tank. That feature, coupled with the lack of a convertible top, suggests the car was originally used as a GM test mule. Zora Duntov’s signature on the trunk lid only added to the allure. One of two vehicles offered with a reserve, the car sold for $149k. The sexiest car in the city was a ’34 Ford roadster named “Flashback.” It wore Caribbean Pearl paint, came with a $13k custom matching chopper bike and sold for $110k. At the distant opposite end of the spectrum was a 1979 Oldsmobile 88 Delta Royale sedan. The $1,100 price tag for a charmingly honest car was a better deal than you could find on Craigslist. Aside from the auction, the week is filled with show-and-shines, drag racing, concerts, a swapmeet, other auction activities and the famed two-car-wide cruising. The main streets are barricaded to allow three hours of cruising each night. It’s a privilege to see the cars in motion on public roads and hear their various automotive rumbles and screams — the mechanical whine of a blower, the loping idle of a reworked cam, a blip of throttle, the quiet burble of a relaxed American V8. A


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Reno, NV GM #727-1957 CADILLAC ELDORADO BIARRITZ convertible. VIN: 5762056562. Olympic White/white vinyl/red & white leather. 365-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Beautifully restored, now starting to show minor needs. Well optioned (full power, Autronic Eye, a/c). One of 1,800 built in 1957. New that year was a tubular X-frame, eliminating side rails for a lower Cadillac. The sticker price was $7,286—that’s $2,500 more than the Cadillac sedan. Cond: 2. One wheel ring with bad curb rash. Inside, the car looks just right. Has that period GM smell. Cond: 2. ket. The buyer did well here for the basic car, and with the provenance, there is additional value. In the meantime, the new owner has a very sharp cruiser with a businesslike appearance that will generate appreciative fans wherever it is driven. SOLD AT $55,000. Sold slightly below market and should have brought a better price. It was solid, correct, mostly original and verified numbers-matching. This green machine was very well bought. SOLD AT $110,000. The first pre-production 1957 Eldorado Biarritz recently sold for $620k at Hollywood Wheels in West Palm Beach, FL, earlier this year (ACC# 215884). Very well bought—lots of upside here for one of the prettiest ’50s Cadillacs built. #683-1965 PONTIAC GTO convertible. VIN: 237675B138295. Burgundy/black vinyl/black vinyl. 336-ci V8, 1-bbl, 4-sp. Show-car quality throughout. Stored from 1982 until two years ago, when it underwent a $70k restoration with NOS parts. Mildly customized for modern driveability with brake and suspension upgrades (original parts were retained). The paint and panels are flawless, as is the interior. Under the hood, the Tri-Power setup is out there for everyone to see. Absolutely correct engine bay. Has PHS documentation, build sheet and original title. Cond: 1-. #721-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. VIN: 124379N711180. Black/white & black houndstooth vinyl. 302-ci V8, 2x4bbl, 4-sp. ’70s street racer with dual-quad Cross Ram setup. Scored 994 out of 1,000 points at the Classic Chevy National meet in 2005. An X33 Norwood, OH, vehicle that received a concours restoration. Owned by same person for 22 years. Cond: 1-. #383-1971 BUICK GSX 2-dr hard top. VIN: 434371H145966. Cortez Gold/saddle vinyl. Odo: 32,091 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Looks nice but appears prepared solely for resale. Rotisserie restoration and new interior. Flaws noted suggest a carelessness that one doesn’t expect to find in a rare vehicle (one of 124 for 1971, according to the catalog). Paint issues in hard-to-reach areas. Interior has that wet GM smell, which explains the seat-belt buckles swollen with rust. Engine compartment looks right. Lots of desirable options. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $36,300. Recently sold for $27,500 at Barrett-Jackson’s April sale in Palm Beach, FL (ACC# 221063). This price was a good deal for the seller. The buyer obtained a rare car with many new and nice parts. It just needs more attention and finishing. Time will allow a profit, but it may be quite a bit of time. SOLD AT $76,450. Well bought and sold. The seller may be pleased, and I am confident that the buyer is very much so. This was well bought and will increase in value. #19-1969 CHEVROLET CAPRICE 2-dr hard top. VIN: 1664795140095. Black/black vinyl/gold brocade. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Absolutely proper, one-family-owned and always garaged Caprice with a nice repaint. Very long right rear quarter-panel seems wavy. The exterior chrome and brightwork is quite nice and hard to fault. The interior appears virtually new, as it was recently reupholstered in correct original fabric. Underhood inspires confidence. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $60,500. Sales price was almost double the ACC Price Guide value range, but this car deserved it. Seller did not recoup his investment, but a gorgeous car was created in the process. The buyer must have felt the same way. #675-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. VIN: 124379L502140. Rally Green/ black vinyl. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A greatlooking Z/28 that feels like a full-sized Hot Wheels car. The paint and body are showquality, although I did discover a pinky-sized hole below the driver’s side rear window. 78 AmericanCarCollector.com #722-1971 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE convertible. VIN: 136671L177585. Medium blue/black vinyl/black vinyl. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Three-year frame-off restoration; every part claimed new or refinished to factory standards. It has a Muncie 4-speed, the rare F41 sport suspension and a cowl-induction hood. Visually, the car is spotless, and save for a slightly crooked center console, the appearance is just as it would have been in the showroom. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $12,650. This clearly was a wellloved Chevrolet that sold a little below mar- SOLD AT $84,700. This car sold twice last year for more than it brought in Reno. 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BARRETT-JACKSON // Reno, NV #1-1979 OLDSMOBILE 88 Delta Royale sedan. VIN: 3N69R9M227514. Light Golden Caramel Firemist/tan velour. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Original paint heavily faded and checked on hood. Missing the proud Oldsmobile crest hood ornament. Interior very nice, with manual windows. Engine compartment also very nice. Seems cared for and not just dressed up for auction. Cond: 4+. convertible. VIN: E57S103873. Red & white/red hard top/white vinyl soft top/red & white vinyl. 283-ci 283-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. A stunning Corvette from the William Munday Collection. Full frame-off rotisserie restoration. Paint and body are absolutely correct. Interior is visually top-notch. Some unanswered questions about transmission, as the literature states that the 4-speed was an “upgrade.” Cond: 1-. signature on the deck lid. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $1,100. This was an honest, mainstream, late ’70s car that hollered, “Kids, get in the car, we have to get groceries!” It received no love, and the comments of passersby were not kind. No styling, collectibility, desirability or even entertainment value. I’d call this the 1979 equivalent of a standard ’50s 210 sedan. A very common, competent and comfortable car that went for a ridiculously low price. It would have brought more on Craigslist. #34-1992 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS 25th Anniversary Heritage Edition coupe. VIN: 1G1FP23E6NL143252. Red/gray cloth. Odo: 43,660 miles. 5.0-L fuel-injected V8, auto. A nice, lightly used, original-owner, third-generation Camaro with factory paint, issue-free bodywork and great trim. Some discolored lenses in the lower spoiler, but it is possible they left the parking lot of the GM plant in their current state. Inside, the interior reflects the low mileage and looks inviting. All paperwork including service history, build sheet and window sticker included. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $148,500. This car no-saled at Bonhams’ 2011 Carmel sale at an undisclosed high bid (ACC# 184551). I thought it should easily have topped the $200k mark, but to get that price will require some rather serious documentation. Extremely well bought. SOLD AT $148,500. A similar car sold at RM’s Amelia Island auction earlier this year for almost $20,000 less (ACC# 215639), so this was very well sold, but the buyer also did well. #708-1958 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: J58S100166. Snowcrest White & Inca Silver/black vinyl soft top/ Snowcrest White hard top/Pebble Black leather. 283-ci 270-hp V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Beautiful color combination and built for speed with dual carbs and hot cam from GM. This was the first year Chevrolet made a profit on the Corvette, and this car is a prime example of why. The fully documented restoration was finished in 2007. One of 978 built in this 270-horsepower configuration. Cond: 3+. #690-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 20867S106862. Black/white vinyl/black vinyl. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A good ground-up restoration on this Tuxedo Corvette; body has never been removed from the frame. Some blemished trim. Interior is good. Replacement engine is period-correct. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $58,850. The wheels and tires have been changed, and the car has been cleaned to a higher standard than when it sold at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale in 2009 for $73k (ACC# 119103). Nearly $15k cheaper this time around, this was very well bought. SOLD AT $110,000. This car previously sold for $99k at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach in April (ACC# 221124). It was very well sold here, but given time, this price will be fine. SOLD AT $7,150. This price is toward the top of the market, but the single ownership, very good condition, originality and documentation make it hard to find a truly comparable car. The buyer paid a reasonable price for a vehicle that is clearly in the 95th percentile of existing gen-3 Camaros. CORVETTE #730-1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 80 AmericanCarCollector.com #726-1961 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 10867S103377. White & blue/white hard top/blue vinyl. 292-ci fuelinjected V8, 4-sp. A solid #2 for a race car in and out, rumored to be a GM test mule (but not documented). Traco race motor fitted, date-code-correct block included. RPO 687 heavy-duty brakes and suspension. 24-gallon fuel tank replaced with fuel cell for racing. More than a dozen window stickers declare participation in vintage racing from Texas to Monterey. Zora Duntov’s S102186. Black/black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 34,247 miles. 327-ci 360-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Gorgeous in a rare and beautiful color combination. Frame-off restoration in 2006. All chrome redone and polished. Every component serviced and road-ready. Not a numbers-matching car. Cond: 1-. 9 #719-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 30867- TOP 10


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Reno, NV SOLD AT $192,500. The highest-selling non-charity car at the auction. Buyer purchased one great car, but without matching numbers, price was high. #710-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194677S109893. Pearl maroon/black vinyl/dark tan leather. Odo: 74,023 miles. 427-ci 435-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. California black-plate car in unusual color combination; dark tan interior is very nice. Torq-Thrust mags look appropriate. Engine compartment lightly used but a pleasure to view. Engine labeled as period-correct, which leaves a few questions unanswered. Cond: 2-. bought for love, and he should smile every time he walks up to his new car. #313-1974 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 1Z37J4S437037. Yellow/black leather. 350-ci 250-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Average low-quality repaint with the usual oddfitting rubber nose cap. Interior is the high point. Engine replaced by one from a later model with a higher-performance camshaft. One of the few cars here that looks like it was quickly redone for resale. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $8,800. This price was below market for a good car. If it runs out nicely, then some attention to the paint will result in a profit relatively quickly if the buyer desires. SOLD AT $89,100. This car was a no-sale at Silver’s Carson City auction not far from here in August 2011, roughly 700 miles ago, when the bidding stopped at $70k (ACC# 184531). I think it was well bought here, but it would be nice to have some questions answered. #643-1973 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 1Z67T3S416804. Candy Apple Red/oyster vinyl/oyster leather. Odo: 1 miles. 350-ci 250-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Mildly customized Corvette, nearly perfect. Noted to have one mile on the odometer following a $150k restoration. Three-stage paint must be among the best in Reno. Interior truly immaculate, down to the refinished gauges and dash. No sign of that well-worn look usually found inside C3s. Eighteen-inch chrome wheels a bit flashy but fit this car’s entire vibe. Cond: 1-. FOMOCO #714-1934 FORD CUSTOM roadster. VIN: 181204495. Caribbean Pearl/pearl white SOLD AT $73,700. Sold 250% over the top of the ACC Price Guide range (especially with a replacement motor). The visual impact makes an over-market price understandable, but this was really quite high. The seller did not recoup his restoration costs but did extremely well, and this Corvette really was outstanding. Buyer clearly November-December 2013 81


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GLOVEBOXNOTES BARRETT-JACKSON // Reno, NV By Chad Tyson 2013 Dodge Charger SXT AWD sedan Price as tested: $35,380 equipment: 292-hp 3.6-liter V6; 8-sp auto w/E-Shifter ePA mileage: 18/27 Likes: Attractive exterior styling — the 2011 update is still as modern and striking as any other mass-produced road car. Beats Audio premium speakers pump the music (or news or standup) loud and clear. They easily drown out the road noise at highway speeds. Dislikes: Cheap feeling interior materials. Cloth seats are wide, and plastic is everywhere. Downshifts are harsher than upshifts. Paddle shifters are not needed. If anything, they get in the way when turning the wheel through twisty-hill drives. The platform is a tried-and-true (but dated) Mercedes-Benz E-class setup from the mid-’90s. It’s time to see what Fiat can put under there. Verdict: There’s no lack of competition if you’re looking for a full-size car. Chevy’s Impala, Ford’s Taurus, Nissan’s Maxima, Toyota’s Avalon are some of the bigger names. None of those has the performance reputation of the Charger. But the SXT doesn’t have a 400-horsepower V8, and the aforementioned Japanese cars offer the same (if not more) tech for a cheaper price. That said, the Charger is the only one with an optional V8 and all-wheel drive. The Charger SXT balances power and fuel economy better than most cars. I averaged 28.8 mpg on an 11-hour drive — three hours of which were strictly city driving. That ends up nearly two mpg better than advertised. Fun to drive: ½ Fun to look at: ½ overall experience: ½ SOLD AT $70,400. Sold for a price that I doubt covered the build costs. I am confident that the new owner is thrilled. #85-1965 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: 5Y85Z106747. Red/white vinyl/ black leather. Odo: 62,342 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Two-year-old very red repaint 82 AmericanCarCollector.com leather. Odo: 2 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. The sexiest car in Reno. This Ford drew crowds and excitement while on display. Named “Flashback,” this 2004 SEMA show winner has been on the cover of Street Rodder magazine. Sold in conjunction with Lot 714.1, a custom chopper with matching paint and upholstery. Both designed by Rick Dore. Air suspension with four inches of lift brings the trailing edge almost to the ground. The Caribbean Pearl was sprayed over a pearl white base and makes the paint come alive with beautiful depth. Cond: 1. looks good. Interior very good, save for the aftermarket CD player in dash. The full wheel covers and thin whitewalls look correct, if a bit insubstantial. Underneath the hood, there’s a nice chrome dress-up kit sitting atop a clean engine. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $20,900. The price was fair for both seller and buyer. Considering the complexity of the top mechanism, if he or she experiences no significant problems, then the price was slightly cheap, as these cars will always be desirable. SOLD AT $110,000. $35k better than it brought at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale this year, when it sold for $75k (ACC# 214831). Also better than the $78k it sold for at Bonhams Los Angeles 2011 (ACC# 190067). It sold for $163k at RM Monterey 2005 (ACC# 70539). Transaction was excellent for the seller; buyer obviously wanted the car and was willing to pay above what appeared to be the market price. #692-1949 FORD CUSTOM woodie wagon. VIN: 98BA236674. Yellow/tan leather. 302-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Finished to show-car standards. Spotless inside and out, with lots of power options and Vintage Air installed. There are new cars that could not hold a candle to the custom interior and how well it’s integrated into the vehicle. Three-inch chop, frenched headlights and wide steel wheels painted red with baby-moon caps and beauty rings. Featured in Barrett-Jackson literature. Cond: 1-. #648-1966 SHELBY COBRA replica roadster. VIN: DMV857880A. Black/black & tan leather. 510-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Replica presents nicely with help from the color and finish. Interior avoids much of the kit-car feel. Mechanically built to be a contender with lots of drivetrain and suspension upgrades. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $42,900. This vehicle would probably cause your jaw to ache from the constant silly grin. Very well sold above current auction prices. The buyer is obviously pleased as well, as the parts alone would cover most of the purchase price, and then there is the build time. #649-1966 SHELBY COBRA replica coupe. VIN: AZ292514. Black/black leather. Odo: 800 miles. 406-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Called a “Shelby Daytona re-creation coupe,” but it’s really just a non-convertible Cobra—and altogether very well done.


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Paint is great. Inside, the kit-car vibe is much stronger than Lot 648 parked next to it. Motor deserves to be on a display itself. Also has extensive drivetrain and suspension enhancements. Only 800 miles since completion. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $93,500. Sales price was very good for the seller, and the buyer must have agreed—well above market for a replica. Hard to tell if another would come close, as this one really came together well. #670-1967 SHELBY GT500 “Eleanor” replica fastback. VIN: 7R02C106111. Gray/black leather. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. “Eleanor” replica built on a 289 Mustang. Great eye appeal and built well. The paint and body are great. Inside built for business with oversized bolsters on seats and a classic wooden wheel. Underhood is a Cobra dress-up kit on top of the re-cammed and rollerized 289. Brakes and suspension reworked as well. Cond: 2. $60,500 at Barrett-Jackson’s April sale in Palm Beach (ACC# 221230). I am sure it cost more than this to build, but the seller did well, and the buyer has a sharp Eleanor that’s all finished. BARRETT-JACKSON // Reno, NV MOPAR #728-1968 SHELBY GT500 convertible. VIN: 8T03S17884702897. Acapulco Blue/ white vinyl/black leather. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. The subject of a two-year restoration finished in 2009. Numbers-matching drivetrain was discovered to have been modified by Holman-Moody with head work, cam and lifters. Showing some wear, but a striking vehicle, and the interior is very nice. Deluxe Marti Report and workmanship inspire confidence. Cond: 2. #701-1957 CHRYSLER NEW YORKER resto-mod wagon. VIN: N5727042. Raspberry Red & cream/light tan leather. Odo: 5,694 miles. 5.9-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Exciting to look at and modernized with drivetrain, interior and comfort options. Has bit of badge delamination and a touch of overspray, but the attention to detail was impressive in general and evident even in the well into which the third seat folds down. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $55,000. Recently sold for SOLD AT $134,200. Sold almost exactly in the middle of the $110k–$155k ACC Price Guide range. The seller received fair money for the car, and the buyer did well. SOLD AT $62,700. The sales price is the market value for this car, as there are no comparable vehicles. Less than the cost of building it, I am certain. There is probably not another out there. A November-December 2013 83


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Monterey, CA Mecum — The Daytime Auction THE 902-ACTUAL-MILE 1969 FORD MUSTANG BOSS 429 — A TRULY ALL-ORIGINAL CAR — BROUGHT A VERY STRONG $589K Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics M $10m $20m $30m $40m $50m 0 84 AmericanCarCollector.com ecum’s “Daytime Auction” returned once again to Monterey Classic Car Week as the peninsula’s unrivaled volume seller. Out of 677 cars consigned, the Midwest auction house sold 371 — more than three times the number that runner-up Gooding & Company sold. That’s a healthy increase from last year’s 341 out of 570. Overall totals saw a 2% bump to $31.4m. The two million-dollar American sales Mecum Auctions The Daytime Auction Monterey, CA August 15–17, 2013 Auctioneers: Mark Delzell, Mike Hagerman, Jim Landis, Bobby McGlothlen, Matt Moravec Automotive lots sold/offered: 371/677 Sales rate: 55% Sales total: $31,422,290 High American sale: 1961 Chevrolet Corvette Gulf racer, sold at $1,498,000 Buyer’s premium: $300 up to $5,499; $500 from $5,500 to $9,999; 7% thereafter, included in sold prices Sales Total 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 An original, super-low-mileage 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 sold for $588,500 were post-block deals that almost didn’t happen. A 1961 Corvette with Le Mans race history initially no-saled at $1.3m, but a deal came together afterward at $1.5m. The lone Duesenberg at the sale — a 1930 model J Torpedo phaeton — also squeaked its way into the million-dollar club in a post-event deal. I also noted that American muscle cars — the traditional core of Mecum’s consignments — were in shorter supply this year in Monterey. Perhaps the auction house was targeting the peninsula’s foreign sports-car crowd, as there was a higher ratio of those cars on offer than is usual for a Mecum sale. While there was less top-drawer muscle to choose from, those cars consistently did quite well. The 902-actual-mile 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 — a truly all-original car, including its long-dead battery — brought a very strong $589k. A similarly original (but not unused) 1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327/300 coupe with 4-speed and a/c found a market-correct $150k. Vintage American trucks performed well, such as a very correctly restored 1955 Chevrolet Cameo pickup at $46k, and a 1955 Ford F-100 at $28k. Elsewhere on the peninsula, Monterey Classic Car Week shoppers can find a number of auctions clearly focusing on the foreign, luxury and exotic consignments. It seems to me that perhaps Mecum might fare better in the future by aligning this sale with their core competency of premium American muscle. The results prove that when Mecum brings the cars here, buyers will come from all over the globe to get them. A Bowtie classics wait their turn on the block


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Monterey, CA GM #F147-1947 OLDSMOBILE SPECIAL 66 Series woodie wagon. VIN: 66140532. Light beige/black leatherette/brown vinyl. Odo: 45,298 miles. 238-ci I6, 2-bbl, auto. Cosmetic redo and mechanical tending-to in past 10 years. Better-quality repaint, but wood is showing the start of some joint separation and due for a revarnish. Cheesy truck-stop plastic turn-signals added front and rear. Period-accessory rocket hood ornament with red plastic fins in good shape. Interior wood still in very good condition. Reupholstered seats, with modern seatbelts up front. With optional Hydramatic transmission, AM radio and clock. Cond: 3. Not a show car by any means, but darn nice for a driver, so this is a market-correct price. #T34.1-1958 CHEVROLET IMPALA 2-dr hard top. VIN: F58K142812. Torch Red & white/red vinyl & gray nylon. Odo: 4,064 miles. 283-ci fuel-injected V8, 3-sp. Optional two-tone paint and fuel injection. High-quality restoration approximately 12 years ago. Stated to be an AACA award-winner, but not stated when, where or to what level. Also featured in a few overseas publications. Highly detailed to concours quality under the hood, but engine stamping block is as smooth as a baby’s bottom. Showquality body prep and repaint off the chassis, as the undercarriage was done as nice as the roof. Expertly reupholstered interior to stock. Cond: 2+. “neat Corvair camper van.” A lot of those folks said that it sold cheap, so who am I to argue that point with them? #T225-1969 BUICK SPORT WAGON 9-passenger wagon. VIN: 444669H223291. Light gold/Parchment vinyl. Odo: 21,409 miles. 350-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Optional a/c with climate control, plus power front seat. Retains original Protect-O-Plate. Newer repaint with some trim taken off. Heavier pitting on outside mirrors, which won’t stay in position due to weak tension springs. New door seals, but missing the door bumpers. Good original seat vinyl, but like the original carpeting, shows noticeable fading. No attempt at detailing under the hood or on the chassis, which shows heavier use on gravel roads. Older radial tires and stock wheel covers. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $53,500. One of 1,460 wagons in ‘47; the original owner drove this regularly until selling it in 2006 at 93 years young. Pretty much the going rate for a basic cruiser-grade wagon, as the flathead six is working hard enough to get out of its own way. #F81-1956 CHEVROLET NOMAD wagon. VIN: VC560054718. Two-tone blue/twotone blue cloth & vinyl. Odo: 49,518 miles. 265-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Assigned Washington state VIN tag, reusing original s/n. Repaint is pretty good. Decent gaps, but doors need a concerted effort to latch properly. All door and glass seals are new reproductions. Mostly replated or reproduction chrome and trim. Dealer-accessory rocker molding trim and wire-basket wheelcovers over stock hubcaps. Tidy under the hood, but not to show-quality. High-quality installation of reproduction interior soft trim, showing minimal to no wear. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $75,970. While most folks get fixated with the new-for-’58 348 V8 truck engine, let us not forget that the fuelie was still an option. The reserve was lifted at $71k, selling shortly afterwards for a generally market-correct sale. #T183-1962 CHEVROLET CORVAIR Greenbrier van. VIN: 2R126S109746. Tangier Gold/gold vinyl & rainbow nylon. Odo: 94,116 miles. 145-ci H6, 2x1-bbl, 4-sp. Original paint holding up well for 51 years of use. Side marker lights added. Older bumper replate. On day two of ownership, a custom camper interior was made for it: wood cabinets, dining booth that folds into a bed, custom shelf drawer for a picnic cooler, 110V outlets (connected to grid via extension cord) and countertop space. Also fitted with a pop-up roof insert. Excellent original front seat. Motor replaced at 64,078 miles. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $10,000. While based on the Skylark A-body platform, the Sport Wagon was a stand-alone model during this time. If this roof-windowed wagon was an Olds, it would be a Vista Cruiser. We’ll just call it a decent car for decent money. CORVETTE #T162-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 20867S108454. Ermine White/black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 70,454 miles. 327-ci 360-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Claimed to wear “90% original paint.” Well, at least the jambs have original paint on them, with discoloration from age and contact with the door seals. Mix of original and repro brightwork. Poor door fit. Soft top has damaged weatherseals throughout, but the replacement vinyl is still good. High-quality older engine-out detailing, but is starting to unwind. Air intake plenum hose is falling apart. Good reproduction interior soft-trim installation, showing minimal wear. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $58,850. While Tri-Five Chevys have seesawed in price over the past few years (as their key demographic is either downsizing their lives or is no longer alive), Nomads seem to be holding on well. This is helped by the continuing interest in wagons. 86 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $9,500. To all those consignors parading their immaculately restored 23-window VeeWee microbuses, take that! This generally original Greenbrier got a lot more buzz out here than those yuppified hippie vans. I’m not saying this as the resident Corvair loony; I’m saying this because as the resident Corvair loony I had all kinds of folks out of the blue ask me if I saw that SOLD AT $72,760. Last seen at the Branson auction in April 2009, then a no-sale at $45k (ACC# 120105). Some things have been tidied up since then, but others


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Monterey, CA popped up. One would hope with the generous price that it’ll go to a loving home and get a few things nursed back into shape. #F173-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 30837S120306. Ermine White/red vinyl. Odo: 57,081 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Copy of dealer’s form shows that’s it’s configured as when sold new at Rudolph Chevrolet of Phoenix, AZ. Mostly original, including paint and interior; the former is not aging gracefully, with body seam broadcasting and some paint also lifting over those areas, plus with some cracking at body character lines. Retains original dealer’s sticker above rear plate. Good, mostly original brightwork. Light interior wear. Tidy and correct underhood, with an engine repaint. Factory a/c and tint glass. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $27,820. When “Effies” first came into vogue in the early 1970s as a specialinterest vehicle, one of the first things to do was yank the competent-but-boring 223 6-banger and put in a “proper” V8—Ford, Chevy, Mopar—heck, even Packards in a few instances. Forty years later, the trend continues unabated, with the occasional Toyota Tundra V8. As such, a lightly modified example with its original six is somewhat unique, and in the era of $3.79/gallon gas, not as lame as it seemed 40 years ago. Fair deal on all sides here. #F12-1969 FORD F-100 Ranger pickup. VIN: F10HKF90212. Cordova Orange & white/butterscotch & white vinyl. Odo: 14,614 miles. 390-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Betterquality repaint in recent years. Mostly good original brightwork, modern chrome rear bumper. Halogen headlights. Good door and panel fit. Non-stock pleats on the recovered seat, but workmanship is quite good. Mismatched dash woodgraining; hazy gauge. Aftermarket alloy wheels. Dealerinstalled optional a/c, power steering and storage compartment under bed. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $149,800. During the 1960s, full tinted glass was all but a mandatory option if a/c was ordered, in order to help out the early a/c systems as much as possible. (It’s not surprising that many of the 278 factory air cars were sold in Arizona.) While the price seems high, only a higher-horse engine would make this Survivor-grade SplitWindow with air in good colors more desirable. FOMOCO #T102-1955 FORD F-100 pickup. VIN: F10D5R20860. Yellow/tan cloth. Odo: 879 miles. 223-ci I6, 1-bbl, 4-sp. Stated to have had a body-off restoration in recent years, but retains the original drivetrain from the water pump to the differential. Lightly spiffed-up motor. Prudent modifications include new wiring harness and electric windshield wipers. Nice clean repaint is darn close to original ’56 Ford Marigold Yellow. New high-gloss bed floor wood and tonneau cover to protect it. Squeaky-clean chassis. Good workmanship on tufted pleated seat, matching door panels and headliner. Hidden modern sound system. Cond: 2-. dead as a brick) Autolite battery. Light chipping on some panel edges on the original paint. The original window sticker—still glued to the driver’s door glass after Kar Kraft put it there—confirms that it came with what it wears. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $588,500. Story goes that shortly after the original owner paid retail-plus for it, he was off on a business trip. Dad got home as Junior was starting to unbutton the motor to install a solid-lifter cam and banished him from ever touching it again. Back it went into the garage until 1981, when future MCA Judge Bob Perkins purchased it, put the motor back together, lightly detailed the bare-metal fasteners and left it as-is. As have all subsequent owners. Over-the-top money, but find another. Blue & Epic Orange/black leather. Odo: 6 miles. 5.4-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. Sold new by Steve Baldo Ford of Niagara Falls, NY, with optional Heritage Package and McIntosh sound system. Completely original car that has never been dealer-prepped. Still retains all shipping and inspection tags, including “Do Not Open” tags over panels that are to be left sealed by the shippers. Even retains the factory job and rotation tags on the windshield. All shrink-wrapped interior components are still untouched. Graphics kit still sealed. Two eraser-sized degassing bubbles on engine lid. Cond: 1-. 4 #F151-2006 FORD GT coupe. VIN: 1FAFP90S26Y401299. Heritage SOLD AT $18,725. As I alluded to in my “Cheap Thrills” column in ACC #9, Ford pickups remain a good buy. However, this price foreshadows the change that is coming. As pickups continue to move up in value, higher-quality restorations like this one will become more cost-effective. If they tickle your fancy, you’d best get one while they are still under the money. 159789. Black Jade/ black vinyl. Odo: 902 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Kar Kraft # 1354. Completely original. Discovered with 902 miles on it in 1981, when first acquired by a collector, and has not turned a wheel under its own power since; engine hasn’t even turned over since then. Part of the reason is that it still has its original (and 2 #F118-1969 FORD MUSTANG Boss 429 fastback. VIN: 9F02Z- SOLD AT $403,925. GTs were only sold by dealers who won the President’s Award in the respective model year of production. Or, if a dealer won in 2004 but not in 2005, they couldn’t get one in 2005. However, dealers tend to trade or sell amongst themselves frequently. GT values were flat for about a year, but soon started to escalate. This is one case where the “instant collectible” myth actually came true. MOPAR #F232-1952 DODGE M37 fire truck pickup. VIN: 80031519. Red/black vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 80,031,519 miles. 230-ci I6, 1-bbl, 4-sp. 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MECUM AUCTIONS // Monterey, CA QUICKTAKE 1964 Ford Falcon hard top In a world of high-dollar muscle cars, imports, resto-mods and full CCCA SoLD at $17,120 Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, August 15–17, 2013, Lot T173 classics, occasionally a world-class restoration finds its way to a humble two-door grocery getter. This Falcon sold at the Mecum Monterey auction on August 15 for the nifty sum of $17,120, including the buyer’s premium. It was reported to have been the recipient of a full 100-point concours restoration, and it certainly looked the part. The car was finished in Wimbledon White over red, looked great, stood tall, and was a factory-built Futura hard top. So far, so good. Power came from a well-detailed little 170-ci 6-banger. Not a deal-breaker, but it certainly limited the valuation since it’s not sporting a spunky V8 powering the two- wheels out back. Other options included a slushbox on the column with a “friends and family” vinyl bench seat. This car was obviously a love-affair restoration, as there is simply no financial benefit to restoring a car like this to such a high standard — unless you enjoy toasting $100 bills. Now, I’m not knocking the fellow who glorified this car — to each his own — and I offer high kudos to the preservation of automotive history. Cars like this deserve a space in a collector’s garage too. But, it’s safe to assume that the cost of restoration far exceeded the selling price by a wide margin. Regardless of Price Guide values, I personally think the car was fantastic, and for $17,120, both the buyer and seller should be pleased. That said, let’s hope the new owner resists the have been repowered by a civilian version of the 230-ci motor. Economy mini cargo straps used to tension the top between the windshield and the upper rear top frame. More trophies than fire-fighting gear in the pickup box. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $38,520. A lot of M37s ended up reallocated to local fire departments. In fact, today this is one of the most common ways to find an M37. (Sorry, none are new in crates in a government warehouse somewhere.) Originally a no-sale at $26k on Thursday; I figured that was the end of the world for it until it left the block on Friday. AMERICANA 10 phaeton. VIN: 185899. Eng. # 187369. Silver & maroon/tan cloth/brown leather. Odo: 33,294 miles. Titled off engine number. Restored approximately 20 years ago. Appearances at Meadow Brook in 1993, the Packard Centennial in 1999 and 2006 Packard Club National Meet. Judging scores not stated, but at least it was invited. Paint and chrome still brilliant. Discreet turn signals added atop the bumper brackets. Water staining on the top. Recent cleanup under the hood, but getting greasy and rusty on the chassis components. Light interior wear. Cond: 2-. #S186-1930 PACKARD DELUXE EIGHT series 745 dual-cowl sport temptation to drop a Ford 302 crate motor down the hatch. Sorry, I had to plant the seed. A — Dale Novak SOLD AT $176,550. The 4-speed was something of a novelty in American luxury cars at this time. It was unique to the 745 series and was a nod to the Europeans who used 4-speeds. However, the gearing was not the best spaced; but more than that, American preferences in this era of mostly straight-cut gears and no syncros was for motors with wide torque bands, for as few shifts as possible. Originally a no-sale on the block at $140k, but a deal soon came together. 90 AmericanCarCollector.com TOP 10


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Monterey, CA #S47-1951 FRAZER STANDARD Vagabond sedan. VIN: F515001802. Indian Ceramic/beige leather. Odo: 75,786 miles. 226-ci I6, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Generally good quality color-change repaint in a 1949–50 Kaiser convertible-only color, as it was originally Blue Satin. Pitting painted over in places. Light ding on top of left front fender. All chrome replated to show-quality. Driver’s rear door converted to being functional, rather than bolted shut from new with the spare-tire mount. Reupholstered in nonstock leather. Interior wood refinished and replaced as needed. Excellent, correct detailing under the hood. Cond: 2. QUICKTAKE 1978 Lincoln Continental Mark V American luxury cars from the 1970s are gaining respect in the collector SoLD at $37,450 Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, August 15–17, 2013, Lot F114 SOLD AT $28,890. The consignor kept referring to it as a “Kaiser Frazer,” but it’s truly a Frazer—built by Kaiser-Frazer, but sold in the last year for Frazer as a stand-alone brand. Reserve came off at $25k, for a reasonable deal for both parties, even if the consignor likely has a bit more into it. #S177-1954 INTERNATIONAL R-140 4x4 woodie wagon. VIN: R1404X4130787. Black Canyon Black & wood/black leatherette/ brown vinyl. Odo: 63,958 miles. 240-ci I6, 1-bbl, 4-sp. Per the Line Setting Ticket, upfitted by IH off the assembly line with the Tulsa winch before shipped to Mid State for installation of the body; then shipped to Minot, ND, for delivery to the Army Corps of Engineers location at Riverdale, ND. Restored over a decade ago, minimal use since. All original wood; repairs where needed carefully blended in. Better paint quality than original. Minimal wear on the reupholstered seats. Modern trailer hitch. Cond: 2-. market. The uncontested leader of this group has been the 1971–76 Cadillac Eldorado convertible, but the Lincoln Mark series — and especially the last of the big Luxobarges, the 1977–79 Mark Vs — have been making marked (pun intended) increases in values over the past few years. Purchased new from Tom Barros Lincoln-Mercury of Spokane, WA, by a lady owner, this car was rarely used. She kept it until her dying day; beyond that, her family kept it in her garage until they were forced to sell her house. It had only 935 miles on the clock when it appeared at the Mecum Monterey auction. Aside from the miles and excellent preservation, this was a rather average Mark. First and foremost, it was equipped with the optional 460-ci V8. This was reportedly one of the reasons she bought this car — her “regular driver” Mark III had a 460 and she loved it, and 1978 was the final year it was offered in any car. That also rings true with most Mark V enthusiasts — the near bullet-proof 460 commands a premium over the standard 351M-based 400-ci V8. Other options fall into the realm of normality with these cars — AM/FM/Quad-8 sound system, cruise control, Illuminated Entry system, dual exhaust (available only with the 460), and cast aluminum “turbine” wheels. But factors such as the original Michelin X tires on said wheels, all the original inspection tags and markings under the hood and on the chassis, the original exhaust system, plus all documentation make this not only a near-instant Senior or Preservation Class award winner in LCOC or AACA judging as it sits, but easily a Survivor Show shoo-in. So it’s not only appealing to Lincoln enthusiasts — it checks off all the boxes for general car collecting, too. For the most part, the remaining fleet of Marks now consists of well-cared-for “grampamo- biles” or preserved collectibles like this one. Previous to Monterey, only a 1978 Diamond Jubilee edition, a 1979 Bill Blass Designer Series, or final hurrah Collector’s Edition with this few miles would crack the $20k barrier, and then not by this much. But the market is moving here. If you’re interested, you’d better jump on board now, because the boat to get one of these while they’re still affordable is starting to leave the slip. A SOLD AT $149,800. One of three identical trucks bought by the Corps of Engineers during the time frame of Garrison Dam construction on the Missouri River. Surprisingly, all three trucks still exist, with two restored. Its brother was last seen at RM’s Arizona auction in 2009, reportedly sold for $143k. This truck was used to help restore it, so we’ve pretty much established the value. A November-December 2013 91 — B. Mitchell Carlson


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RUSSO AND STEELE // Monterey, CA Russo and Steele Monterey MOST OF THESE VERY NICE CARS SOLD BETWEEN $25K AND $75K, WHICH COUNTS AS “AFFORDABLE” IN MONTEREY Report and photos by John Baeke Market opinions in italics pletely intentional. The cars drive across the auction block with bleachers rising up on both sides. Attendees are encouraged to come right on down and inspect the goods, as auctioneer and ringmen whip up the energy and the bids. Housed under a tent near downtown T $10m $2m $4m $6m $8m 0 92 AmericanCarCollector.com 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 Monterey’s Fisherman’s Wharf, the annual Russo and Steele 13th Annual Monterey Auction Monterey, CA August 15–17, 2013 Auctioneers: Rob Row, Jeff Stokes, Frank Bizzarro Automotive lots sold/offered: 89/215 Sales rate: 41% Sales total: $7,111,825 High American sale: 1962 Shelby Cobra 289 roadster, sold at $850,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Sales Total 1959 Chevrolet Corvette 283/290 Fuelie convertible, sold at $130,900 three-day event has carved its own niche in this highly competitive auction weekend. Russo continues to focus mostly on post-war sports cars, customs and muscle, with a sampling of racers, pre-war classics and special-interest cars to keep bidders on their toes. Most of these very nice cars sell for prices between $50k and $100k, which, during Monterey Classic Car Week, counts as “affordable.” Drew Alcazar, John Bemiss and company did a masterful job of consigning some important, impressive cars, such as a 1969 Mustang Boss 429 (not sold at $231k); a 1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro (sold at $113k); a sweet resto-mod 1935 REO pickup ($110k); a 1957 Ford Fairlane Bonneville record-setter (not sold at $66k); and a supercharged, factory-race-prepped 1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk ($75k). The “block-long station wagon” category included a 1959 Ford Country Squire resto-mod ($31k); a restored two-door 1958 Mercury Voyager (not sold at $50k); and a completely original 1968 Chrysler Town & Country (not sold at $36k). The top American lot was a 1962 Shelby Cobra 289, sold at $850k. The car had an early engine swap, but it was done by Shelby American, and its competition history and race-ready condition ensured its strong price. That big sale, combined with many more big sales, pulled the average sold price up $10k from last year to nearly $80k, reconfirming Russo’s long, bright future in downtown Monterey.A he Russo and Steele auction scene looks a lot like the organized chaos of the New York Stock Exchange trading floor. It’s raucous, busy, a little bit theatrical and all com- 1970 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda, not sold at $269,500


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RUSSO AND STEELE // Monterey, CA GM #S626-1930 CADILLAC SERIES 353 coupe. VIN: 510930. Black & blue/black leatherette/beige wool. Odo: 1,677 miles. Very solid V8 Cadillac, showing an older, but handsome, restoration. Odometer reading likely incorrect. Black-and-blue exterior with red pinstriping has multiple small chips, likely due to miles of touring enjoyment. Gray mohair upholstery holding up very well. Top in good condition. Rubber showing wear and age. Body fabric welting coming loose in places. Brightwork in need of polish. Visually appealing Bakelite shift knob. Engine and undercarriage in need of better detailing. Cond: 2-. both inside and out. Modern striping on side looks out of place. Aftermarket radio and gauge cluster. Biggest detraction is the heavy water-staining on the headliner— causing worry about the source of the leak. Cond: 2. Plastic bits show UV damage. Undercarriage needs attention. Driver-quality. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $15,125. The turbocharged engine with manual 4-speed makes this one of the more desirable Corvairs, but the customizations limit the market appeal. This looked well sold. SOLD AT $88,000. Extremely handsome and appears very solid, and if the engine is in similar condition, should provide miles of enjoyable touring. This car has all appearances of being turn-key ready for any local show-and-shine. Both buyer and seller should be quite happy. #F414-1960 BUICK INVICTA convertible. VIN: 6G2014721. Titan Red/white vinyl/red & white vinyl. Odo: 15,500 miles. 401-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Nicely restored Buick. Exterior Titan Red paint very nice. Brightwork in need of buffing. Interior with very good quality restoration of seats, dash and gauges. Cond: 2. #F412-1965 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard top. VIN: 237375P350687. Tiger Gold/black vinyl. Odo: 49,635 miles. 389-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. PHS-authenticated numbers-matching ’65 Goat. Owner reports recent ground-up restoration. Tiger Gold paint in good condition, but body gaps are troubling. Original 389 motor and automatic tranny, with high level of engine-bay detailing. However, upholstery, console and dash are of lesser quality. Seat springs need to be redone. Aluminum sill plates, console trim and dash all-original unrestored, which means dings. New Redline tires wrap original Rally I wheels. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $112,750. The boys in the Central Office must have been scratching their heads why someone would special-order this meant-for-racing beast, then check the automatic tranny box. Clearly an example of why rarity does not always equal desirability. Add to the equation average-condition interior, and one can appreciate the value “COPO” adds to an otherwise $40k Camaro. #S619-1984 PONTIAC FIERO IMSA racer. VIN: N/A. White, black & red/black fiberglass. 354-ci fuel-injected V8, manual. Legitimate factory-supported Huffaker Fiero racer with Spice components. Great provenance. Body solid, but with too many surface cracks to count. Interior clean and appears ready to pass any SCCA tech inspection. Unfortunately, the super-desirable Pontiac Super-Duty 4 race motor has been replaced with a NASCAR V8 for beefier power. Makes intimidating sounds unexpected for a Fiero. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $26,950. While it’s too bad the original owner didn’t check the manualtransmission box, this was still an excellent, honest muscle car, and the cosmetic restoration was totally appealing. Both buyer and seller should have left Monterey happy. SOLD AT $34,100. The ’60s Buick Invicta/ Electra/LeSabre convertibles were cool— Batman cool, with wings both front and rear. This car’s dash was full of gee-whiz widgets, such as the “Mirro-matic” speedometer. This car was bought at market-correct price, and will likely continue to appreciate. #TH211-1963 CHEVROLET CORVAIR Monza coupe. VIN: 309270115705. Red/black vinyl. 145-ci turbocharged H6, 4-sp. Very nice restoration with a modest number of modern upgrades. Minor paint chips and surface scratches on brightwork, 94 AmericanCarCollector.com #S671-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO COPO coupe. VIN: 124379N650676. Rally Green/black vinyl. Odo: 12,069 miles. 427ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Canadian-delivery legitimate COPO Camaro restored some time since 2000 in original green. Paint and chrome in good condition. Engine bay not available for inspection. Nice authentic (but non-original) rosewood steering wheel. Rare automatic tranny on center console. Interior condition suggests something more than the 12,000 miles on the odometer. Seam and welting separation. Rubber seals cracking. Gauges in need of restoration. SOLD AT $60,500. Always difficult to value race cars, where replacement parts are the rule rather than the exception. And unlike conventional collectibles, poor condition can be evidence of legitimate history. This car, with much battle damage and proven victories in IMSA, T/A and SCCA—on its third engine—was well bought for a track-ready weapon with a rich past. CORVETTE #S639-1959 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: J59S108198. Red/ red hard top/red leather. Odo: 27 miles. 283-ci 290-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Scored 99.7 at Bloomington Gold in June 2011 and 98.9 at NCRS Nationals in July 2011. Excellent paint, interior and engine bay. 27 miles BEST BUY


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RUSSO AND STEELE // Monterey, CA since restoration seems more like 0.27, based on the condition. Cond: 1-. marks and water spots the only criticism, and that is being hypercritical. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $130,900. Rumor has it the 3/10 point penalty was due to the spare tire being underinflated by 1 psi. Another condition 1- ’59 Fuelie sold for $149k at Auctions America’s Spring Carlisle sale in April, which we called “well bought” (ACC# 216213). That makes this look like an excellent purchase. #F429-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 30837S102710. Navy blue/ black leather. Odo: 73,388 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Appears to be in mostly original, unrestored condition—which is quite qood for 73k miles. Exterior navy blue paint shows surface imperfections only visible from arm’s distance. Rims are chipped. Window molding no longer aligns evenly. Interior seating, gauge cluster and console applique show most of the car’s wear. Engine compartment indicates a recent repaint but is begging for a better detailing. Undercarriage needs attention. Heavy patina on spinner caps. Overall a driver-quality ’63 ’Vette. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $112,500. One has to wonder how Mark IIs came to receive the beautiful chrome flex exhaust pipes (seen peeking beneath the front fenders) when its designer Gordon Buehrig is known to have intensely disliked the same pipes on his beloved 812 Cord—a design credited to 21-year-old Alex Tremulis, for whom Buehrig had little regard. This car could have been driven straight over to Pebble. It certainly broke new ground for a Continental Mark II, but who can argue with paying a record amount for a near-perfect specimen? #TH236-1957 FORD FAIRLANE 500 Skyliner retractable hard top. VIN: D7RW178080. White & black/black retractable hard top/white leather & black fabric. Odo: 14,516 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Very nice restoration of a complicated machine. Has a few scattered paint, chrome, dash and upholstery flaws, but overall condition is not far off from a #1. Missing plastic reservoir cap. Cond: 2+. the top in the semi-open position, which is about the only manner to assure a buyer that this incredibly complicated mousetrap actually works. Seller should be pleased. #F418-1959 FORD GALAXIE Country Squire 9-passenger resto-mod wagon. VIN: H9RY190184. Black & woodgrain/red vinyl & cloth. Odo: 17,120 miles. 352-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Black-plate California car with new 352 Interceptor V8 and other suspension upgrades expertly done to preserve the original exterior appearance. Interior also nearly flawless, with an eye for originality. Small paint chips and some surface imperfections are the main flaws. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $30,800. For the same price as some NHTSA-regulated mini-van, this Galaxie can haul the little-league team, deliver a stack of sheet rock or take a trophy at the local show-and-shine in true style—and with the reliability and comfort of modern power. A perfect blend of restoration and modern upgrading. Well bought. SOLD AT $57,200. If you could own only one ’Vette, the Split-Window coupe might be it. If you’re also on a budget, here is your car. Many flaws would not be tolerated in a restored car, but in a surviving original, it all only adds to the charm. The 4-speed more than makes up for the base 327 engine. Market-correct price. High fives to the buyer and seller. FOMOCO #S673-1956 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MARK II coupe. VIN: C56E2989. Maroon/ white & red leather. 368-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Superb restoration. Exterior maroon matches the conservative styling of the body. Entire interior displays high-quality workmanship and materials. Scattered swirl 96 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $39,600. Skyliner prices have languished for several years. Applause to anyone brave enough to take on a full restoration—miles of electronics make it an expensive undertaking. If the top functions as good as it looks, this was well bought. #F469-1958 FORD FAIRLANE Skyliner retractable hard top. VIN: H8RW144900. Red & white/white retractable hard top/red & white vinyl. Odo: 85,058 miles. 352-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Skyliner retractable with several special features: twin spotlight mirrors; Continental kit; chrome spokes and Vintage Air. Appears to be an older restoration. Paint and brightwork with blemishes. Dash in need of a little detailing; trunk in need of major detailing. Engine bay fair. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $52,250. The second of two Skyliners at Russo. The high price paid for this ’58 is best explained by the accessories. The owner had the car displayed with #S647-1966 SHELBY GT350 fastback. VIN: SFM6S286. Blue & white/black vinyl. 292-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Race car with all the usual scuffs and dings. Extensive upgrades all designed for the singular purpose of going fast and loud. Originally a street Shelby, it now has had all the superfluous items removed and necessary upgrades, including crash protection, suspension, fuel cell, seats, etc. Engine is a Boss 302 main block


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RUSSO AND STEELE // Monterey, CA destroked to 292 ci. No reserve. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $84,700. The owner has likely invested much more than the gavel price in getting this Shelby race-ready. If the car had real race provenance, and had not started life as a street-legal Shelby, the final price would have been higher. New owner gained entry into many vintage events at a reasonable price. #F440-1967 SHELBY GT500 fastback. VIN: 67400F2U00842. Nightmist Blue/ Parchment vinyl. Odo: 53,845 miles. 428-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Lightly restored numbersmatching GT500 in extremely attractive blue-and-Parchment color combo. Some external paint issues, most notably about door panels. Interior brushed aluminum, dash, gauges, wooden steering wheel and 8-track all quite nice. Engine and bay all done to nice standard. Cond: 2-. The increased value should pay for all that fun. Well bought. MOPAR #F425-1968 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY wagon. VIN: CE46K8C224196. Black & woodgrain/blue vinyl. Odo: 89,922 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Magnificent surviving original. Unusual but very attractive color combination. Paint and wood in remarkable condition, considering odometer reading of 90k miles. Dash vinyl with none of the cracks typical for cars of the ’60s. Engine looks equally well cared for. Cond: 2. leather. Odo: 1,724 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Beautiful, stock-appearing REO pickup resto-mod. Wooden bed, metal panels and paint all in superb condition. Exterior paint color combination period-correct. Gaps and chrome all better than factory. Very nice upholstery; again, period-correct. Undercarriage shows expert conversion. Modern electricals nicely hidden from view. Incorrect vintage Buick turn indicators on fenders are a curious oversight. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $159,500. In this writer’s opinion, the ’67 GT500 is the one to have—it offers the best combination of style and power. This example has won multiple awards in spite of some notable cosmetic flaws. Gavel price was at top of market, but value should continue to appreciate. Both buyer and seller did well. #S641-1968 SHELBY GT350 convertible. VIN: 8T03J18031902886. Red/white vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 38,356 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Driver-quality Shelby convertible with too many cosmetic issues to count. Chips and orange-peeling on paint, scuffs and dents on brightwork. Gaps either touching or too wide. Top wrinkled. Interior vinyl also wrinkled and carpet pulling away. That all said, looks fabulous from 10 paces. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $36,300. American luxowagons from the 1950s to 1970s are finally receiving their overdue recognition. This one was a delight to the eyes. Final bid likely market-correct, but seller may be rewarded for holding out in the long term. #S653-1970 PLYMOUTH HEMI ’CUDA 2-dr hard top. VIN: BS23R0B201104. In Violet/black vinyl. Odo: 53,057 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Beautifully restored, numbers-matching Hemi ‘Cuda, heavily optioned with shaker hood in a highly desirable color combination. California car with single ownership through 2008. Paint condition better than new. Panel gaps and interior quality consistent with standard 1970s Mopar. Comes with original build sheet. Galen Govier-certified. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $110,000. Owner states this is the only ’35 half-ton in known existence. Engine, suspension, drivetrain, cooling, a/c, electrical were all modern but done tastefully, so as not to detract from the vintage beauty and history. Based on the constant crowd surrounding this gem, there was never any doubt this truck was not returning home. Possibly the finest resto-mod truck at any of the Monterey auctions. #S628-1957 STUDEBAKER GOLDEN HAWK coupe. VIN: 6I03090. Black/beige vinyl. Odo: 590,000 miles. 289-ci supercharged V8, 3-sp. Reportedly one of four blown 3-speed coupes built for racing. Extensive frame-off restoration. Beautiful Midnight Black paint with anodized gold wings and a McCulloch supercharger. Paint, panel fit, upholstery and undercarriage done to a standard likely better than this race car previously would have known. Still retains its California black plate. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $82,500. This car’s condition is exactly what made it so wonderful—how many legitimate 4-speed Shelby convertibles would you dare drive hard, kicking up gravel in the process, or take to the beach, exposing it to some salty spray? This car will allow the new owner those guilt-free luxuries; and when he is finished, restore it. 98 AmericanCarCollector.com NOT SOLD AT $269,500. This nearly has it all: great color, California provenance, matching numbers, 4-sp pistol grip, zads of options and all baptized by Pastor Galen. The final bid would have been a market high, but apparently, the seller wanted to make a louder statement. AMERICANA #S640-1935 REO 6AP resto-mod pickup. VIN: 6AP436. Gray & black/gray fabric/black SOLD AT $74,800. With six factory “deletes,” this street-legal race car is a prime example of the expression “less is more.” Expensive price, but with a restoration of this caliber and the original blower intact, the premium paid was worth it. A


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP Selected sales combined in one comprehensive report American highlights at eight auctions Friesland, WI — July 25, 2013 Auctioneer: William Nelson Automotive lots sold/offered: 108/108 Sales rate: 100% Sales total: $1,189,913 High sale: 1929 Mack AC truck, sold at $53,550 Buyer’s premium: 5%, included in sold prices Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson B&T Specialty Reno 2013 Reno, NV — August 9–10, 2013 Auctioneer: Steve Dorsey, Jeff Richards, Gary Dehler 1929 Duesenberg Model J dual-cowl phaeton takes top honors at RM St. Johns, selling for $682,000 RM Auctions St. John’s Plymouth, MI — July 27, 2013 Auctioneer: Max Girardo Automotive lots sold/offered: 72/80 Sales rate: 90% Sale total: $7,745,450 High sale: 1929 Duesenberg Model J dual-cowl phaeton, sold at $682,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Kevin Coakley Mecum Auctions Bloomington gold Champaign, IL — June 29, 2013 Auctioneers: Mark Delzell, Jimmy Landis Automotive lots sold/offered: 51/124 Sales rate: 41% Sales total: $1,897,354 High sale: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 327/350 coupe, sold at $107,000 Buyer’s premium: 7%, minimum $500, included in sold prices Report and photos by Pat Campion Silver Auctions Little Creek Auction Shelton, WA — August 3, 2013 Auctioneer: Mitch Silver Automotive lots sold/offered: 32/64 Sales rate: 87% Sales total: $383,983 High sale: 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-door hard top, sold at $37,325 Buyer’s premium: 8%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Jack Tockston US Auctioneers Del De Young estate Auction 100 AmericanCarCollector.com Automotive lots sold/offered: 129/225 Sales rate: 8% Sales total: $224,860 High sale: 1937 Cord 812 sedan, sold at $94,000 Buyer’s premium: 8%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Jim Pickering and Chad Tyson Gooding & Company The Pebble Beach Auctions Pebble Beach, CA — August 17–18, 2013 Auctioneer: Charlie Ross Automotive lots sold/offered: 118/128 Sales rate: 92% Sales total: $112,968,350 High American sale: 1966 AAR Gurney-Weslake Eagle Mk I, sold at $3,740,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Michael Leven RM Auctions Monterey 2013 Monterey, CA — August 16–17, 2013 Auctioneer: Max Girardo Automotive lots sold/offered: 105/120 Sales rate: 88% Sales total: $125,086,750 High American sale: 1963 Shelby Cobra 289 roadster, sold at $924,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Carl Bomstead Bonhams The Quail Lodge Auction Carmel Valley, CA — August 16, 2013 Auctioneers: Malcolm Barber, Rupert Banner Automotive lots offered/sold: 77/89 Sales rate: 87% Sales total: $31,085,150 High American sale: 1963 Shelby Cobra 260 roadster, sold at $2,068,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Donald Osborne Market opinions in italics SOLD AT $4,725. One of 7,235 built, the cab-forward version is quite rare compared to the vastly more prolific deuce-and-a-half CCKW. The later war production trucks like this were originally fitted with wooden cargo boxes, but most haven’t lasted into the 21st century. This was more of a quickie cosmetic redo—call it a 30-footer—and it showed in the price. US Auctioneers, Friesland, WI, 07/13. SOLD AT $225,500. The supercharged Cord “Sportsman” brings the serious money, but this is not far behind. Price paid falls at the high end of the range in the ACC Price Guide, so all is well. RM Auctions, Monterey, CA, 08/13. GM #18-1944 GMC AFKWX-353 G-508 6x6 cab-over military truck. VIN: 6758. Olive drab/black vinyl. Odo: 6,512 miles. 270-ci I6, 1-bbl, 5-sp. Modern replica steel dropside cargo box. Quickie repaint about five years ago, shot over various layers of old paint, dings, rust pitting, wiring, and general crud. Mostly newer repro tires. Amateur driver’s seat re-covering; generic tractor seat in passenger’s position. Missing the in-cab engine doghouse cover. Weathered, bare wood steering-wheel rim. Cond: 3-. CLASSICS 6 Blue/tan canvas/red leather. Odo: 32,299 miles. One of 688 factory supercharged Cords built and complete with original “FC” engine. Restored some years back but still presents well. In single-family ownership for 46 years. Documented with ACD Club Category One certification. Cond: 2. #226-1937 CORD 812 SC phaeton. VIN: 81232269H. Geneva TOP 10


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL #115-1947 CHEVROLET FLEETMASTER 2-dr sedan. VIN: EAA134774. Blue metallic/ blue vinyl. Odo: 5,984 miles. 350-ci fuelinjected V8, auto. Blue metallic paint shows minor flaws from use, gloppy silicone beading around windshield where stainless once lived. Lowered stance, shaved doors, 18-inch Foose alloys for a lowrider vibe. New chrome grille and bumpers, original hood ornament pitted, plastic crazed, right aftermarket outside mirror glass missing. Interior redone in economy blue vinyl, tilt wheel. Modern fuse box, wiring, heater and a/c. Clean underhood, TBI Chevy 350 has chrome dressings, painted splash shields. Runs well. Cond: 3. Buick here. US Auctioneers, Friesland, WI, 07/13. #320-1953 CHEVROLET 3100 pickup. VIN: VMV61237CA. Yellow/brown vinyl. Odo: 87,283 miles. 216-ci I6, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Paint okay for a driver, but was done with the pickup assembled. Lots of overspray on chassis and between bed and cab. Bed wood incorrectly configured and missing metal retaining strips. Chrome scratched. Interior clean and spartan, as per factory, and engine compartment has seen some detailing but does show its miles. Fitted with new traction tires in the rear. Interior, glass, and muffler all claimed new. Cond: 4. minum radiator, shorty headers, stainless 2.5-inch MagnaFlow dual exhaust. Flaming River rack and pinion, power front disc brakes, drums rear. Announced as $56k build, and believable. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $37,325. This freshly built show car would be the stuff of teenage dreams back in the day. It looked, sounded and sat right on polished deep-dish Eagle alloys. No information was provided on builder or its Chevy V8 power, but this crowd didn’t seem to care. Bidding was spirited, and the last one standing obtained a show car well under build cost. Well bought, deftly sold, and top sale of the day. Silver Auctions, Shelton, WA, 08/13. SOLD AT $17,280. I’ve often commented here that originality brings the money. A restored 1948 Fleetwood received a $30k restoration and sold for $14k in April at Classic Motorcar Auctions’ sale in Novi, MI (ACC# 216249). With Mitch Silver pushing hard from the podium, this custom proved to be an exception to the rule. Bidding crept past my estimated value, and both parties involved seemed pleased with the result. Silver Auctions, Shelton, WA, 08/13. #85-1952 BUICK SUPER 56C convertible. VIN: 66496495. Light green/ black cloth/green leather. Odo: 1,822 miles. 263-ci I8, 2-bbl, auto. Older acceptable repaint. Door fit is not great. Economy glue-on replacement door seals. Top frame sags low in the middle, so door glass doesn’t seal flush at the top. Good replate of the larger chrome bits. The top shows some light weathering. Better-quality seat redo, but with non-stock generic pleats. Tidy and clean under the hood, but not finished purely stock. Optional Dynaflow automatic and power windows. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $23,100. 1952 was the last year for the inline eight in the Super and Roadmaster. SOLD AT $13,800. And here we have a good example of the continuing boom in truck prices. No two ways about it—this truck was needy. But these things are in demand, and I’m sure it came down to two bidders who simply had to have this one. It’ll take a lot of work to make this worth any more money than was spent here, but then again, it’ll probably run forever in this condition if the new owner just drives it. Well sold. B&T Specialty Classic Car Auctions, Reno, NV, 08/13. #107-1955 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr hard top. VIN: C55S107790. Dark blue & white/blue & white vinyl. Odo: 503 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Show-quality paint on perfect panels. Ditto gaps, chrome, stainless and new tinted glass. Interior new in blue and white vinyl. Driver’s window crank noticed on grass under door. Two knee-knocker gauges under steering column. Full dress underhood with ’50s Caddy air cleaner, dual-circuit master cylinder, alu- #135-1957 CHEVROLET 150 wagon. VIN: A570107500. Black & white/black & gray cloth. Odo: 86,871 miles. 350-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Above-average paint. Nose-high stance, per “gasser” straight-axle, dual hood scoops. New Kelly tires on alloys. Excellent glass and brightwork. Light waves in right body panels. Interior clean with a/c. Dual bench seats and no roll bar imply street intentions. Engine clean, dual Holley 4-bbls on Edelbrock cross-over manifold through hood, aluminum radiator. Lake pipes dump behind front wheels. No engine specs This was perhaps the best buy on a Buick convertible here, even if it wasn’t the best November-December 2013 101 BEST BUY


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP provided. Dual tailpipe colors read rich. Just the thing for burnouts leaving Safeway. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $15,660. A periodcorrect “Black Widow” wagon for the family man. Few moms would want to drive this for groceries, but I know a few dads who would. And the rear bench would hold child seats. That may be what’s going to happen, as the grinning buyer seemed to have more than the car on his mind. Price paid was marketcorrect, as determined by the bidders. Buyer and seller came out even. Silver Auctions, Shelton, WA, 08/13. #23-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS/SS coupe. VIN: 124379L501175. Rallye Green/ white vinyl/white & black houndstooth vinyl. Odo: 9,909 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Said to be one of 311 L89 Camaros in 1969. Real RS/SS, per Protect-O-Plate. Gaps variable; doors sag 1/4-inch when opened. Bright green paint very nicely done; may have a bit too much metal-flake. Vinyl top and houndstooth seat covers could be original; white material with very light cast bordering on dingy. Panels covering interior A-pillars poorly fit. Sold at no reserve. Cond: 2. style, not for its substance. They do have a great look, but what seems like a simple car takes a keen attention to detail to do well. This example was “a car,” refurbished to “a standard.” The $60k–$90k estimate seemed strong, but it sold just inside the range. Well sold. Bonhams, Carmel, CA, 08/13. #380-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 30867S116475. Ermine White/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 54,232 miles. 327-ci 340-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Decent repaint with no visible body seams. Panel gaps better than most. No-hit front, chrome bumpers show some scratching. Fitted with power windows but no power steering or power brakes. Engine compartment generally stock aside from modern hose clamps and glossy coating on exhaust manifolds. Intake stained from carburetor fuel leaks. Interior worn but looks stock. Complete three-year restoration completed in 1997. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $110,000. It isn’t easy being green, and this car was REALLY green. I don’t remember this color being so bright in period; the modern clearcoat or metal flake may be to blame. That aside, this car was nicely done and with the mighty 396/375 L89 under the hood could dispatch most anyone snickering at the stoplight. Pre-sale low estimate of $160k looked quite ambitious; at that kind of dough you could have yourself a LS6 Chevelle, snicker with impunity, and still have money left over. Sale price was closer to reality. Well sold. (See the profile, p. 44.) Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 08/13. CORVETTE #192-1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. VIN: 0792086F54YG. Polo White/ beige canvas/Sportsman Red vinyl. Odo: 1,942 miles. 235-ci 150-hp I6, 3x1-bbl, auto. Very good panel fit, per build. Uneven hood gaps, beyond original build. Presentable paint shows some small areas of touch-up and spots of blow-in. Seats are very good, although some bagginess is visible on the left cushion. Instruments are faded, speedometer glass is very crazed and bright trim is pitted. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $66,000. As when new, the C1 is bought today for its 102 AmericanCarCollector.com the buyer got a great deal. Well bought. Mecum Auctions, Champaign, IL, 06/13. #S67-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194677S100007. Rally Red/ white vinyl/black leather. Odo: 52,614 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Unrestored, all original. Base engine could use some detailing. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $90,950. Previously sold at Mecum’s 2010 sale in Canal Winchester, OH, for $65k, which we called a “fair price” (ACC# 168119). Offered here with Lot S67.1 as a pair, but after bidding for the two did not reach the reserve, the cars were split into different auctions and found bigger money. Well sold. Mecum Auctions, Champaign, IL, 06/13. SOLD AT $51,000. Auctioned for charity, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Wounded Warrior Project. A driver-level midyear that looked pretty solid throughout. The older resto was holding up pretty well, but it wasn’t so nice as to limit how much you’d use it. A solid price for a solid firstyear Sting Ray convertible. B&T Specialty Classic Car Auctions, Reno, NV, 08/13. #S56-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194676S123177. Nassau Blue/blue hard top/white cloth soft top/black vinyl. Odo: 10,180 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Solid, original, twoowner car. Nice restoration with excellent attention to detail. Nice color combo. Also has the optional hard top. Four-speed manual is icing on the cake. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $50,825. This was a very nice restoration of a very nice original car. It sold for $48k at Mecum KC in April (ACC# 224968). Considering transport costs and auction premiums, the seller probably barely broke even, but #S67.1-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 194377S103363. Rally Red/ black leather. Odo: 32,230 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Offered as a pair with Lot S67, a red 1967 convertible. All-original, low-mileage. Engine could use some minor detailing. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $107,000. First offered with Lot S67, the Rally Red low-mileage convertible. As a pair, the bidding reached $160k, which wasn’t enough. Offered separately, prices totaled $198k, and this car was was the top sale of the day. Well sold. Mecum Auctions, Champaign, IL, 06/13. FOMOCO 7 #132-1932 FORD HIGHBOY roadster. VIN: 1874450. Dark red/beige canvas/tan leather. Odo: 792 miles. The BEST BUY TOP 10


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP Walker Morrison Roadster. Perfect paint, gaps, chrome, interior. Second in Class, 2007 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Extensive period California lakes history, published in period. Subject of major feature in The Rodder’s Journal. Cond: 1. #156-1946 FORD DELUXE convertible. VIN: 1199788. Maroon/white vinyl/maroon vinyl. Odo: 12,599 miles. 239-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Very nice repaint in original color, unusual custom white vinyl tonneau covers back seat. Louvered hood, no outside mirrors or windshield wipers. Factory gaps, driver’s door sits out. Brightwork and glass excellent. Steel wheels, very good original hubcaps. Interior mimics original leather in maroon vinyl. Dash sharp, instruments clear. Steering gear ultra-loose. Underhood dusty and stock, save for 24 chrome acorn-head bolt covers. Honest car with eye appeal. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $225,000. The ’32 Ford is the hot-rodder’s Bugatti Type 57. In a world of brand-new fiberglass instant cars, the realdeal period metal is truly prized. This is one such car, built in 1951 by Walker Morrison, one of the genre’s geniuses. Spectacularly restored, but too perfect by a margin of two. I honestly think it would have brought more if it weren’t so perfect. Well bought. Bonhams, Carmel, CA, 08/13. K4767. Dark blue/tan canvas/blue leather. Odo: 10,685 miles. One of 25 Dietrich 281 KBs built in 1934. Restored in 1996 by Mosier Restoration to very high standard. Partly disassembled for blue respray in 2006. Some small chips from use. Edges of yellow-painted accent lines not crisp. Chrome, trim all very nice. Doors shut with authority. Canvas-covered trunk matches convertible top. Whitewalls a bit soiled, left front with big black scuff. Interior leather lovely; front seatback with roll-up divider window. Engine enlarged with custom crankshaft to 455 ci, 220 hp. Cond: 1-. 5 #129-1934 LINCOLN KB convertible sedan. VIN: KB3444. Eng. # year restoration ensued. Very well presented, but as it has no actual period history, the estimate range was a bit high. Bidding was realistic based on rarity and the restoration quality. Bonhams, Carmel, CA, 08/13. #160-1968 SHELBY GT500 KR convertible. VIN: 8T03R20606002559. Raven Black/white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 32,098 miles. 428-ci V8, 4 bbl, auto. A quality respray with original interior. Dash signed by Carroll Shelby. One of only 517 built. Fitted with Shelby 10-spoke aluminum wheels. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $35,770. Every time I see one of these, I remember my aunt Betty who drove a ’48. This ’46 had less chrome by comparison and a hint of mild custom with the louvered hood and half tonneau. Not seen was a matching white convertible top of unknown condition. Obtained just below midmarket retail, it’ll be interesting to see if the new owner continues the mild custom vibe by adding modern sparkly rims. Well bought and sold. Silver Auctions, Shelton, WA, 08/13. #165-1963 FORD GALAXIE 500 R-code factory lightweight 2-dr hard top. VIN: 3N66R144637. Corinthian White/red vinyl. Odo: 22 miles. 427-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Homologation special, built to qualify the Galaxie for FIA competition. Lighter frames, twin Holley 4-bbl carbs, thin-line bucket seats, extensive materials lightening including aluminum bumpers. Good panel fit, as per factory. Very good paint. Good chrome shows some fading. Generally very good interior shows some areas of wear and SOLD AT $140,250. The Shelby GT500 KR was the “King of the Road” with an underrated 335-horsepower 428 Cobra Jet under the hood. This was a very strong example of a desirable muscle car, but the money was just not there. Shelby Mustangs have been off their high of a few years back, and this continues the trend. RM Auctions, Monterey, CA, 08/13. MOPAR #103-1941 DODGE CANOPY EXPRESS pickup. VIN: 81194934. Green & black/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 6,854 miles. Paint recently touched up, presents very well. Minimal exterior brightwork shows well. Canopy top looks to be in excellent shape. Fresh bed wood with new stainless strips. Nicely detailed engine compartment. Painted wheels sport caps and beauty rings. Basic interior looks great with added passenger’s seat. Fitted with fog lights and windshield-post spotlight. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $275,000. There was a lot to like about this car, including the handsome Dietrich design and engine upgrade, which should make touring quite pleasant. Lincolns sometimes don’t get the respect they deserve, and I think they are good values. A no-sale across the block against a high bid of $240k; deal was done at a market-correct price, with possibility for upside in future. Realistically bought and sold. Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 08/13. 104 AmericanCarCollector.com casual refurbishment. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $135,000. A genuine factory lightweight R-code car, which was missing its engine when found seven years ago. A correct-type engine was sourced and a six- SOLD AT $29,700. Once a common sight with fruit and vegetable hawkers rolling through neighborhoods in larger cities, this pre-war truck presented very well. Offered without reserve and coming in a bit south of the $35k low estimate, there’s not much out there to compare it with, but based on condition and price, looks like a decent buy. RM Auctions, Plymouth, MI, 07/13. TOP 10


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP #148-1961 IMPERIAL CROWN convertible. VIN: 9214109309. Dubonnet Maroon/ white vinyl/white leather. Odo: 9,501 miles. 413-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint shows some chips, dings and dents. Color takes some getting used to. Decent exterior brightwork. Nice convertible top, clear glass. Well-presented engine compartment. Gleaming chrome wires and wide whites. Interior looks great. Equipped with power steering, brakes, front seats and factory a/c. One of 429 convertibles built in 1961. Cond: 3. AMERICANA 3 Pea green & black/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 15,423 miles. Ex-Richard Paine, ex-Matt Browning. One of nine remaining. Restoration started by previous owner; updated by marque specialist Bob Mosier for current owner. More detailed work and freshening done over past 10 years. Second in Class at Pebble Beach in 2010. Paint excellent; brightwork very good. Painted grille. Upper and lower rim of “Liberty Lens” headlights mimics shape of traditional Packard grille. Lights still acetylene-fed, as is primer for Packard carburetor. Cond: 1-. #115-1914 PACKARD I-38 phaeton. VIN: 39441. Eng. # 39441. SOLD AT $148,500. The catalog claimed a Best in Show at Imperial Statewide Meet in 2008 and other awards prior to acquisition by the Kughns at RM Meadow Brook in July 2010 at a price of $81k in 3- condition (ACC# 166302). Here, it blew away the high estimate, but where are you going to find another one? I’d chalk it up as well sold, but I also think this could be where the market is headed for Imperial convertibles of similar quality. RM Auctions, Plymouth, MI, 07/13. #90-1978 PLYMOUTH VOLARE Super Coupe 2-dr sedan. VIN: HL29L8B250843. Brown & black/black vinyl. Odo: 12,837 miles. 360-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. One of 494 Super Coupes produced for 1978. Came fitted with extra-wide 15x8 wheels, heavyduty suspension with rear sway bar, fender flares, front and rear spoilers, rear window louvers, tri-color stripes, and matte black trim, grille, bumper, hood and roof. Looks original but has been given a modest restoration. Claimed to be the fastest American production car from 1978. Cond: 4+. interior reupholstery work. Overspray on the dry-rotted rubber shift boot. Flash rust on the door-sill trim. Tidy but hardly detailed under the hood. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $28,350. The easiest way to tell a basemodel Special from a Deluxe series is the former will have only one windshield wiper while the latter will have two. Regardless of series, any ’35 Hudson is pretty rare today—especially for a Canadian-built example such as this one, as denoted by the “C” in the serial number—and the selling price seems to have been nothing to complain about for anyone. US Auctioneers, Friesland, WI, 07/13. #19-1939 DIAMOND T 614C dump truck. VIN: 614C0010. Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 83,989 miles. 230-ci I6, 1-bbl, 5-sp. Sold new to the Winnebago County, IA, highway department. Repainted in recent years, covering pretty much everything. Weathered gauges difficult to read. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $467,500. It’s always amazing to see how big some cars were in the early years of motoring. This car had a magnificent presence, and it must has been imposing to Model T drivers; and the Model 38 was the lowest-cost Packard offered in 1914. This car was sold to the current owner, in #1- condition, in 2000 by Christie’s at their Pebble Beach auction for $171k, which our man on the scene called “fairly bought” (ACC# 10222). There are plenty of similar Packard sales going back over 10 years for $300k or more, so this looks strong but market-correct. Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 08/13. #107-1935 HUDSON SPECIAL EIGHT 2-dr coupe. VIN: 54C361. Light green metallic/ beige cloth. Odo: 90,903 miles. Titled as a 1934 model. Presentable, minimally intensive older restoration. Good body prep and repaint. Most of the chrome has been replated. Fitted with modern clamp-on door frame rear-view mirrors and front turn signals from a 1970s-era motorcycle. Rear continental-style spare tire. Doors sag, so they don’t close all that well. Excellent full SOLD AT $4,000. Pretty rare and very cool—for a Volare. A good example of lastgasp muscle from the Malaise Era. It was a little rough around the edges, but it looked solid, and it’s pretty hard to argue with the price, although I don’t know that there’s a whole lot of upside here without doing a bunch of work. Fair deal for an interesting driver. B&T Specialty Classic Car Auctions, Reno, NV, 08/13. 106 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $6,300. I originally thought that this was an open-pit-mine truck, but it does make sense as a county highway unit, where it would make frequent stops. Proof that not all Diamond Ts were glamour rigs, and priced accordingly. US Auctioneers, Friesland, WI, 07/13. #107-1941 STUDEBAKER COMMANDER sedan. VIN: H141172. Two-tone blue & green/blue & gray velour & vinyl. Odo: 51,544 miles. Paint shows minor cracking, prep issues and chips around the hood. Exterior brightwork looks to be in excellent condition. Steel wheels painted red with wide whitewalls, caps and beauty rings look really good. Engine compartment shows very well. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $29,700. From the collection of Richard and Linda Kughn, who acquired the car from the Art Astor Collection at RM’s TOP 10


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL Meadow Brook auction in July of 2010 for $21k (ACC# 165554). Having done about seven miles since, not a bad return on a three-year investment. Fair deal all around. RM Auctions, Plymouth, MI, 07/13. #45-1954 AUTOCAR DC100TN sleeper semi tractor. VIN: DC100TN39997. Red/ maroon cloth. Odo: 1 miles. Repowered with a circa-1980 Cummins NTC-350, retaining the original 5-speed main box and 3-speed auxiliary transmissions plus 35,000-pound rear axle. Restored in past five years, minimal wear since. Good prep and paint application on cab and frame. Minimal chrome has all been replated. Modern single-stack stainless-steel exhaust. Clean installation under the hood, lightly detailed. Modern air ride seats; worn original steering wheel; interior otherwise authentically restored. Cond: 2-. Since figuring the value of six-legged dogs like this boils down to what someone will pay, this all-no-reserve auction with online bidding truly set the (extremely limited) market here. US Auctioneers, Friesland, WI, 07/13. #112-1958 PACKARD HAWK coupe. VIN: 58LS1537. Apache Red & Arctic White/ saddle vinyl. Odo: 46,854 miles. 289-ci supercharged V8, auto. Paint done to good quality. Excellent exterior brightwork, although the right rear-view mirror is missing the center trim plastic insert. Well-presented engine compartment. Steel wheels with full wheel covers and wide whites look great. Nothing to gripe about inside. From the Kughn Collection. Cond: 3+. intents and purposes, it’s a 1966 cab (a White-supplied unit, since they owned Diamond T by then) perched on a 1984 semi. Actually, that would’ve been easier than retrofitting the whole powertrain and suspension onto the original frame. However, this kind of thing doesn’t bother old-truck guys as much as it would old-car purists— this way they can put it to work if need be. Pricing in the range of a modern used work truck is about right. US Auctioneers, Friesland, WI, 07/13. #21-1967 INTERNATIONAL R-190 dump truck. VIN: 211911G279398. Omaha Orange/tan vinyl. Odo: 42,318 miles. 450-ci I6, 2-bbl, 5-sp. Miles claimed actual since new. Repainted within past few years, with some hurried masking. Very solid door fit. Excellent original trim with no pitting. Recent topical chassis repaint. Maintained and cleaned up under the hood. Good original seats with compacted padding on driver’s side. Moderate steering-wheel paint wear. Runs out quite well. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $41,475. Autocar (of Ardmore, PA) has something of a cult following with East Coast truck collectors. This was easily the finest restoration here, car or truck. Intensely bid between a museum and a collector beyond $30k, finally selling to the collector. You still couldn’t restore it for this. US Auctioneers, Friesland, WI, 07/13. #35-1957 DIAMOND T 730C tilt COE truck. VIN: 730C0500. Red/maroon vinyl. 450-ci I6, 2-bbl, manual. Originally built with just an International Red Diamond 450 inline 6-cylinder gas engine. In the mid-’60s, a 300-ci Buick V8 was added ahead of the Red Diamond, with air controls to connect and disconnect to the front of the 450’s crankshaft. And yes, it works. With the forward engine cowling popped off, the cab even still tilts. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $88,000. Blowing away the $50k–$70k pre-sale estimate put this one in the well-sold column. The car was driven 16 miles since it last sold at RM Meadow Brook 2010 for $51k, which we called “well bought” (ACC# 166080). Nothing wrong with 42% appreciation in three years. RM Auctions, Plymouth, MI, 07/13. #39-1966 DIAMOND T 931BR semi tractor. VIN: 563621. Red/gray & maroon cloth. Odo: 19,381 miles. 855-ci turbocharged I6, manual. Powertrain components sourced from a 1984 Peterbilt include a Big Cam III Cummins engine with “Jake brake,” 13-speed Roadranger transmission, twinscrew rear end with Peterbilt air ride, air-ride cab, hydraulic power steering, air-ride seats, a/c and 24.5-inch Alcoa wheels. Decent repaint in owner’s fleet livery, done about a decade ago when the truck was rebuilt. Indicated miles are likely since the rebuild, based on chassis soiling and overall wear. Runs out quite well. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $5,250. In the 1930s, tests determined this shade of orange was the color that would grab a driver’s attention the quickest against a sky-blue background. The reason for the name? The tests were conducted in Omaha, NE. Try buying any vehicle with 42k miles on it for $5,250. Flatout, the best buy of the day. US Auctioneers, Friesland, WI, 07/13. A Sports Car Market SUBSCRIBE TO SCM Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends ™ SOLD AT $10,500. One of two identical trucks done up like this in the mid-1960s by a grain hauler from Illinois whose son wanted a truck with more power because he was tired of getting passed by everyone. It worked so well that he built one for himself. SOLD AT $19,950. 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The Parts Hunter Chad Tyson Big-money parts and accessories from around the country run on propane. Magnetos were removed, cleaned and tested for spark voltage. 24V starter. We hooked up the starter and cranked with no fuel. Engine generated 30 psi oil pressure. Runs silky smooth. I am asking less than the cost to rebuild this engine.” Buy It Now. Sold at $12,000. All-aluminum, 32-valve, DOHC V8—sounds like a modern performance engine. The Ford GAA engine originated from an aircraft engine and earned an explosive reputation. Direct hits on the gasoline-powered M4 tank led soldiers to nickname it “the Burning Grave” and “Tommycooker.” But the 18-liter engines generate 450 hp at 2,600 rpm, so it makes sense this block eventually worked in agriculture. As for the price? Well sold. # 390636368422—Ford GAA Sherman Tank M7 Priest M4 Engine. 4 photos. Item condition: Remanufactured. eBay, Prior Lake, MN. “This is a rebuilt Ford GAA Sherman tank engine. It came out of an irrigation company, hence the stand and hand clutch. We have bore-scoped each cylinder for verification of rebuild and have found all the original cross-hatching still in the cylinder walls. This engine was set up to Jeep truck or wagon. Koenig Model 100 PTO winch, Koenig Model 41 PTO unit, shaft with universals at each end, and main support bearing, original Koenig winch bumper in great shape and vinyl winch cover. This came off a 1956 Willys Jeep 6-226 4WD truck. Was working fine when removed. I have a copy of an original Koenig instruction sheet for installation which I’ll include as well; interesting reading if nothing else.” Buy It Now. Sold at $1,200. It isn’t quite plug-and-play looking at the U-joints. But a light reconditioning will make this setup ready to get up and go. Piecemealing this set might result in a cheaper price, but time is worth something, right? Fair deal for both parties. # 181185556237—Willys Complete Koenig PTO Winch Setup. 12 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay, Gloucester, MA. “You are bidding on a complete Koenig Iron Works PTO winch setup for a 1950s through early 1960s Willys # 400501162844—GM Thermometer. 4 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay, Vintondale, PA. This is a NOS piece. I believe this is from the 1930–40s.I found this at the estate sale of a 93-year-old gentleman who collected older cars. I couldn’t find another one on eBay like it. A great piece to add to your vintage car or car memorabilia collection.” 18 bids. Sold at $2,551.09. A “great piece” is right—you’ll be the only person with one. I haven’t ever heard of this thing and neither has the Internet. But the bidder had to have the thermometer, as bidding spiked from $500 to $2,550 in the last six hours of the auction. They paid whatever they needed to, so no one can say they got a bargain. Autolite inline 4-barrel carburetor. It is brand-new, taken out of the box for pictures only. The carburetor number is DOZX 9510 B. They were used on the Boss 302s. The shipping date on the carburetor is 9/28/1972. These carbs were rare in the 1970s, so if you need one for your Boss 302 or any other application, this is an eye-catcher, plus they work. They flow 1425 cfm.” 3 bids. Sold at $2,550. I can’t imagine tuning this carb. 1,400-plus cfm from the B model (as opposed to the 875-cfm A model) is a lot of air/fuel for a 302. The linkage isn’t progressive, so all butterflies open at once. On or off is what you get. That said, this is a fair price paid for a newin-box inline Autolite. # 141001970070—Ford Mustang Boss 302 Inline Autolite Carburetor. 8 photos. Item condition: NOS. eBay, Macomb, MI. “This auction is for one # 171071249345—Hurst 14x6 Wheels. 6 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay, Muncie, IN. “This auction is for a complete set of original Hurst wheels. Also included are 20 lug nuts and the spring steel clips that hold on the chrome beauty rings. At some point in the life of these wheels, a lug nut became hard to remove, and some yo-yo beat in the nut with a chisel and put some marks in the one wheel. Note the three-bar spinners. I am told these were nicknamed “Gladiator Spinners” and that they are rare.” 11 bids. Sold at $3,150. These are sure to set off any late-’60s GM ride, but they are on the small side for today’s standards. Best destined for an unrestored or restored-to-stock muscle car. Fair price, especially since the only damage visible is noted and the included spinners are in remarkable shape.A 108 AmericanCarCollector.com “I have up for bid a vintage General Motors (GM) outside door thermometer.


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GM 1994 Chevrolet Impala SS 4-dr sedan FOMOCO 1946 Ford woodie wagon Gray & solid Birdseye Maple/ 20 miles. V8, 3-spd automatic. Beautiful, freshly restored with rare birdseye solid maple wood by Pebble Beach Concours winner, Messano Woodworks. Well over $125,000 invested. Buyer gets choice of color interior. Modern a/c. Amazing build quality. Potential show winner. $79,990 OBO. Contact Paul, AutoKennel, 714.335.4911, Email: paul@autokennel.com Web: www.AutoKennel.com 1969 Lincoln Continental Mark III coupe S/N 9Y89A851322. Silver/ black. 90,756 miles. V8, 3-spd automatic. Modern-day classic in great condition. Always garaged, stored since 1997, owned since 1976. Beautiful leather interior. Drives well, everything works, very well maintained. One repaint, no rust, great chrome. Excellent original vinyl top. $7,500. Contact Dan, 509.727.9190, Email: d51_biggarage@yahoo.com A S/N 1GA307111. Cloud Mist S/N 1G1BN52PXRR168991. Black/gray. 120,400 miles. V8, 4-speed automatic. One owner/ driver, kept garaged, North Carolina auto. All original. New shocks and BF Goodrich tires. Looks and runs great. $12,500. 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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Put your company in the ACC Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 211, or email advert@americancarcollector.com Auction Companies Auctions America, 877.906.2437, 5540 CR llA Auburn, IN 46706. Home of the 480-acre Auction Park in Auburn, IN, where the annual Labor Day Auction is held in conjunction with the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival. www.auctionsamerica.com. (IN) Worldwide Auctioneers. 866.273.6394. Established by John Kruse and Rod C. Egan, The Worldwide Group—Auctioneers, Appraisers and Brokers—is one of the world’s premier auction houses, specializing in the procurement and sale of the world’s finest automobiles and vintage watercraft. www. worldwide-auctioneers.com. (IN) Classic Car Transport Leake Auctions. 800.722.9942, Join Leake Auction Company as they celebrate 40 years in the collector car auction industry. Their unsurpassed customer service and fast-paced two-lane auction ring makes them a leader in the business. Leake currently operates auctions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Dallas and San Antonio. Visit them online at www.leakecar.com or call 800.722.9942. L.A. Prep. 562.997.0170, L.A. Prep brings its 30 years of experience transporting vehicles for the automotive industry’s top manufacturers to discriminating luxury and exotic car owners and collectors across the United States. Its highly-skilled and experienced staff delivers an unsurpassed level of service and takes care of your car with the highest quality equipment available in trucks and trailers that are as clean and well maintained as the valuable assets that they carry. www.LAPrepTransport.com Lucky Collector Car Auctions. 888.672.0020, Lucky Collector Car Auctions is aptly named after Harold “Lucky” Lemay. Based in the majestic, pastoral ground of Marymount, home to the Lemay Family Collection Foundation near Tacoma, WA, the collection, formerly the biggest in the world according to Guinness, now hosts an unrivaled event center, art collection and charitable foundation, which features two exceptional collector car auctions a year. www. luckyoldcar.com (WA) Mecum Auctions. 262.275.5050, 445 South Main Street, Walworth, WI 53184. Auctions: Anaheim, Kissimmee, Kansas City, Houston, Walworth, Indianapolis, St. Paul, Bloomington Gold, Des Moines, Monterey, Dallas, Chicago. Nobody Sells More Muscle Than Mecum. Nobody. www.mecumauction.com. (WI) Russo and Steele Collector Automobiles. 602.252.2697, 602.252.6260. 5230 South 39th St., Phoenix, AZ 85040. info@russoandsteele.com; www.russoandsteele.com. (AZ) Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485, 2020 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. silver@silverauctions.com. www.silverauctions.com. (WA) 112 AmericanCarCollector.com Intercity Lines, Inc. 800.221.3936, 413.436.9422. Rapid, hassle-free, coast-to-coast service. Insured enclosed transport for your valuable car at affordable prices. State-of-the-art satellite transport tracking. Complete service for vintage races, auctions, relocations. www.intercitylines.com. (MA) largest enclosed-auto transport company, Reliable Carriers faithfully serves all 48 contiguous United States and Canada. Whether you’ve entered a concours event, need a relocation, are attending a corporate event or shipping the car of your dreams from one location to another, one American transportation company does it all. www.reliablecarriers. com Corvette Parts & Restoration County Corvette. 610.696.7888. Sales, service, parts and restoration. When it must be right. www.countycorvette.com. (PA) Mid America Motorworks. 800.500.1500. America’s leader in 1953–2008 Corvette parts and accessories. Request a free catalog at www.mamotorworks.com. 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Whether your prized possession is your daily driver, a vintage race car, a classic, a ’60s muscle car or a modern exotic, you can depend on Passport Transport to give you the premium service it deserves. We share your appreciation for fine automobiles, and it shows. www.PassportTransport.com. for each Corvette generation. All catalogs are also online with full search and order features. From Blue Flame 6 to the C6, only Corvette Central has it all. www.corvettecentral.com. (MI) County Corvette. 610.696.7888. The most modern and bestequipped Corvette-only facility in the nation. www.countycorvette.com. (PA) The Chevy Store. At The Chevy Store, you will find only the highest-grade, investment-quality Corvette and specialty Chevrolet automobiles. We take pride in providing our clients with the finest selection anywhere. Offering investment-quality Corvettes and Chevrolets for over 30 years! 503.256.5384(p) 503.256.4767(f) www.thechevystore.com. (OR) Insurance Chubb Collector Car Insurance. 1.866.CAR.9648, The Chubb Collector Car Insurance program provides flexibility by allowing you to choose the agreed value and restoration shop. Broad coverage includes no mileage restrictions and special pricing for large schedules. For more information, contact us at 1(866)CAR-9648 or www.chubbcollectorcar.com. Hagerty Collector Car Insurance. 800.922.4050. Collector cars aren’t like their latemodel counterparts. These classics actually appreciate in value, so standard market policies that cost significantly more won’t do the job. We’ll agree on a fair value and cover you for the full amount. No prorated claims, no hassles, no games. www.hagerty.com. (MI) Street Shop, Inc. 256.233.5809. Custom 1953–1982 Corvette replacement chassis and driveline components. www.streetshopinc.com. (AL) Reliable Carriers, Inc. 877.744.7889, As the country’s Corvettes for Sale Corvette Central. Parts and accessories for all Corvettes. 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advantages. It’s Putnam’s way of letting you drive more car for less money. For leases ranging from $50,000 to more than $1 million, with terms extending up to 84 months visit www.putnamleasing. com or call 1.866.90.LEASE. (CT) Legal Law Offices of Bruce Shaw, Collector Car Fraud Specialists, www.shawlaws.com. A motorhead law firm with real practical knowledge and experience in the Collector Car Field. Experience: Chain of speed shops, Body Shops, Car Dealerships, former NCRS judge as well as licensed attorneys. Estate planning and divorce settlements concerning Collector Cars. 50 State Representation. 215.657.2377 Museums Mustangs Unlimited. Since 1976, Mustangs Unlimited is YOUR best source for 1965–present Mustang, 1965–70 Shelby, and 1967–73 Mercury Cougar Parts. Call or visit our website to receive a full-color catalog full of the parts you need with the best prices in the industry. With two fully stocked warehouses, we have the largest “in stock” selection of parts. Visit us online at www.mustangsunlimited.com or join us on Facebook or Twitter for the latest buzz in all things Mustang. Customer Satisfaction is goal #1. Phone: Connecticut 888.398.9898, Georgia 888.229.2929. LeMay Family Collection Foundation. LeMay Family Collection Foundation at Marymount Events Center near Tacoma, WA, hosts an epic backdrop for your next event. Home to 500 fabulous collector cars, world-class art exhibits, and assorted ephemera, consider your next event here. Weddings, swap meets, conventions, auctions. The facility can likely exceed your expectations. Visit during the 37th annual open house along with 13,000 other enthusiasts. 253.272.2336 www.lemaymarymount.org National Corvette Museum. 80053-VETTE. The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY, was established as a 501(c)3 notfor-profit foundation with a mission of celebrating the invention of the Corvette and preserving its past, present and future. www.corvettemuseum.com. (KY) Parts—General Cosmopolitan Motors, LLC. 206.467.6531, Experts in worldwide acquisition, collection management, disposition and appraisal. For more than a quarter century, Cosmopolitan Motors has lived by its motto, “We covet the rare and unusual, whether pedi- greed or proletarian.” Absurdly eclectic and proud of it. Find your treasure here, or pass it along to the next generation. www.cosmopolitanmotors.com (WA) National Parts Depot. 800.874.7585, We stock huge inventories of concours-correct restoration parts for: 1965–73 and 1979–93 Mustang 1967–81 Camaro & Firebird 1964–72 GTO, Tempest & Lemans 1964–87 Chevelle, Malibu & El Camino 1948–29 and 1980–96 F-Series Ford Truck 1966–96 Bronco 1955–57 Thunderbird Delivery of your parts averages just 1–3 days! www.nationalpartsdepot.com Original Parts Group, Inc. With over 30 years’ experience, OPGI manufactures and stocks over 75,000 of the finest restoration parts and accessories for GM classics at the best prices anywhere. The largest selection of Chevelle, El Camino, Monte Carlo, GTO, Le Mans, Tempest, Gran Prix, Bonneville, Catalina, Cutlass, 442, Skylark, GS, Riviera and Cadillac classic parts anywhere. Visit www.OPGI.com or call (800) 243-8355.A November-December 2013 113


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Surfing Around Carl Bomstead Automobilia on eBay and beyond Carl’s thought: And you think your family has problems. Seems Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant would not give his mom the money to buy the house she wanted in Las Vegas. Goldin Auctions would, however, and they advanced her $400,000 after she consigned about a hundred items from Kobe’s legendary career. Problem was, the items were not hers to sell, and Kobe filed suit to stop the event. Mom apologized and the auction was scaled back, with only six items offered, but it included his ring from the Lakers’ 2000 championship season. Kobe had gifted the ring to his father, Joe. It realized $174,184, but most of the treasures from Kobe’s early days were retained. There were no reports if mom got the house she “needed” in Las Vegas. Here are some other items I found over the past few months that would make most car guys’ “need” list: EBAY #261253846316— 1920s CALIFORNIA LICENSE-PLATE FRAME. Number of bids: 19. SOLD AT: $615. Date sold: 8/2/2013. This early licenseplate frame was in exceptional condition and did not appear to have ever been used. It had a couple of California Bears on the top and fit pre-1927 California license plates. Cool accessory if you have the pre-1927 car and the license plate to complete the package. EBAY #330952555911—ROTARY MOTOR OIL ONE-QUART CAN. Number of bids: 33. SOLD AT: $439.50. Date sold: 7/14/2013. Oil cans have been off their high of a few years back, but the unusual still attract serious money. This one was slightly faded and stained but pictured an early oil derrick and had the early soldered side seam. All things considered, price paid was in line with the current market. MATTHEWS IOWA GAS AUCTION LOT 42—GENERAL GASOLINE SOCONY-VACUUM 42-INCH PORCELAIN SHIELD-SHAPED SIGN. SOLD AT: $19,470 (INCLUDING 18% PREMIUM). Date sold: 8/1/2013. This was a transitional sign that was used when Socony-Vacuum acquired General Petroleum. The sign was in exceptional condition, with no chips or scratches noted. It was part of a friend’s collection that was sold at auction and he mentioned that he had only paid a couple grand for the sign some years back. Sometimes that dog do hunt! EBAY# 281126346536—STUTZ EIGHT RADIATOR BADGE. Number of bids: 18. SOLD AT: $227.07. Date sold: 6/30/2013. The Stutz Vertical Eight was introduced in 1926, so this radiator badge dates to that era. It is a colorful badge but not in the best of condition, as it was missing the mounting cup on the back and 114 AmericanCarCollector.com was chipped on the lower portion of the badge. It was made using the champlevé or guilloche process of bonding melted colored glass to copper, which was then plated. A desirable badge, but the condition was an issue here. EBAY# 400508052371—HUBLEY “SAY IT WITH FLOWERS” CAST-IRON MOTORCYCLE. Number of bids: 15. SOLD AT: $4,302. Date sold: 6/19/2013. This is one of the more desirable cast-iron toys and was in excellent condition with expected cracking and hardening of the rubber tires due to age. A few years back, this was a $12,000 toy, so we can see that a good portion of the toy market is still in a funk. EBAY# 251311288384—TEXACO MARINE LUBRICANTS PORCELAIN SIGN. Number of bids: 27. SOLD AT: $5,650. This is a very desirable and colorful sign that utilized a number of different boats and ships to illustrate uses for Texaco marine products. It was made in a couple of different sizes, and this one was dated 8-47, although they were also made in other years. This sign has been reproduced, so make sure you know what you are doing before dipping into the kid’s college fund to buy one. EBAY# 370839854457—“ELIMINATORS” SAN FERNADO CALIFORNIA HOT-ROD CLUB JACKET. Number of bids: 7. SOLD AT: $2,550. Date sold: 65/28/2013. I’d guess this jacket dated to the ’50s. It was in very nice condition, with no wear to the satin, and the design work and chenille chainstitch lettering were all in good order. Great piece to display with your period hot rod, or you can wear it to the next cruise-in.A